Mediating ‘Temporary Use’ of Urban Space: Accounts of selected practitioners

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‘Temporary use’ of vacant space is becoming increasingly recognized as an approach towards more flexible, experimental, and resource-efficient urban development and as a channel for local initiatives and participation. In recent research, the importance of ‘mediators’ for temporary use has been identified but not explored in greater detail. The mediation of temporary use can be seen as an emerging approach and practice for architects, designers, or urban planners. This work expands beyond the material or spatial aspects of traditional architects’ or planners’ work, as it includes more sociopolitical dimensions, such as handling complex relations and collaborations among various actor groups.

This article is based on four qualitative interviews of selected established and experienced temporary use mediators in European cities: Ghent, Bremen, Nantes, and Riga. To elucidate the everyday work, emerging competencies, and challenges found in the emerging area of temporary use mediation, this article presents descriptive accounts of temporary use mediators’ work. These accounts identify some relevant contexts and conditions of mediation work as well as illustrate the work and roles of the selected mediators and their relations between main stakeholder groups. In addition, based on a thematic analysis of the interviews, the article discusses three core themes in temporary use mediation: managing and building relationships among
actors; bridging conflicts; and disrupting dominant traditions, values, and norms in urban planning and development. Linking these themes to relevant theoretical concepts and discourses, the article further points out potential areas for future research.
OtsikkoBuilt Environment and Architecture as a Resource
ToimittajatMinna Chudoba, Ari Hynynen, Magnus Rönn, Anne Elisabeth Toft
KustantajaNordic Academic Press of Architectural Research
ISBN (elektroninen)978-91-983797-4-7
ISBN (painettu)978-91-983797-4-7
TilaJulkaistu - 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA3 Kirjan osa tai toinen tutkimuskirja
TapahtumaNordic Association of Architectural Research Symposium: Built Environment and Architecture as a Resource - Seinäjoki, Suomi
Kesto: 31 toukok. 20181 kesäk. 2018


NimiThe NAAR proceedings series
ISSN (elektroninen)2535-4523


ConferenceNordic Association of Architectural Research Symposium


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