The Urban Tactics research project looks at the relationship between temporary architecture projects and long term planning. It takes four very different case studies of temporary use to find out what works and why and to try to draw general conclusions about the social, economic and political contexts conducive to these projects’ success. It mainly with temporary interventions in public space (or publicly accessible space) although some of the conclusions could equally apply to the temporary use of vacant buildings.
The case studies were: the Bat Yam Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, Israel; the London Festival of Architecture 2008 and 2010 editions, UK; the Meanwhile London competition, UK; and Stuttgart post-21 in Germany. For each one, a series of interviews were done, with a wide range of stakeholders – with representatives from the local municipality, with curators of the festivals and biennales which provided the framework for many of the temporary projects to take place, and with the designers and cultural planners who were actually trying to realise the interventions. It sums up with a toolkit on what works where and why.
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