‘Holding Properties Vacant Is Resource Stupidity’: Towards a Typology of Roles in the (Inter)mediation of Urban ‘Temporary Use’

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Abstract

‘Mediators’ are becoming recognized as necessary actors in managing complex socio-political dynamics in the ‘temporary use’ of vacant spaces. However, ‘mediation’ remains understudied and undertheorized in temporary use scholarship. To better articulate mediator roles in temporary use, I review literature on related ‘intermediary’ roles in ‘urban transitions’ literature vis-à-vis temporary use practice. Thereby, I propose a typology of roles in (inter)mediation and elucidate selected roles in practice. By articulating how mediators align interests, build networks and negotiate the conditions in planning and development, this article draws attention to changing professional roles in planning and sets a basis for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalPlanning Practice and Research
Early online date22 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • temporary use
  • urban planning
  • urban transitions
  • mediation
  • intermediation

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