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The importance of temporary urbanism in deconstructing cities and shaping the post-pandemic city research agenda

Andres, L; (2021) The importance of temporary urbanism in deconstructing cities and shaping the post-pandemic city research agenda. The Large Glass (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

It has now been several decades since temporary uses and projects have been deployed in cities under several rationales including re-inhabiting vacant and derelict spaces, fostering creative and innovative forms of urban living and making, allowing experimentations and testing new ideas, led by artists, local businesses, communities etc. 1 The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the importance of temporary uses globally; streets, buildings and open spaces have had to adapt to unprecedented times to allow new practices, uses and regulations (e.g. social distancing)2 . This highlights two important features explaining the rise and eagerness for what I will call and define later as ‘temporary urbanism’. First, cities, the built environment, public and open spaces need to be thought through and (re)designed allowing for flexibility and malleability in the way they are used. This should allow them to adapt to changes driven by socio-economic mechanisms along with individuals’ behaviours. Second, the importance of adaptability in the urban making process has to be better recognised and conceptualised, in order to allow spaces to adjust more easily to changes hence enabling both resiliency and sustainability within the built environment.

Type: Article
Title: The importance of temporary urbanism in deconstructing cities and shaping the post-pandemic city research agenda
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://msu.mk/category/the-large-glass-magazine/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10116201
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