Our team of researchers visited a variety of different case studies of temporary urbanism and re-occupation of underused buildings and open spaces in the city of London, UK on the 2nd February. The visit allowed the team to real experience successful initiatives taken in the UK to promote the re-use of the urban spaces, bringing new life to these locations.
Re-inhabiting the City team @ Brixton - Loughborough Junction Arches - The Platform Project
Vacant building spaces under the arches owned by the Network Rail have been given temporarily to the Meanwhile enterprise in order to allow budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop new businesses, to learn new skills at the same time reoccupying these underused spaces.
Re-inhabiting the City team @ Pop Brixton
Pop Brixton is an example of temporary urbanism. The project has turned an underused car park into a pioneering space for shops, co-working and community events.
Re-inhabiting the City team @ Tower Bridge
The Team London Bridge works on the London Bridge area promoting an enhanced street scene through extra cleaning and greening initiatives, public realm upgrades, place making, improved signage and planning and development communications (Examples include Fresh Air Squares, Gibbons Rent, Greenwood Theatre).
Re-inhabiting the City team @ Shoreditch
This area has recently experienced gentrification driven by its cultural and art aspect. Shoreditch evidences a mix of converted/new buildings, with arts being a strong driver from regeneration.
Dr Renata Tubelo
Research Fellow @ University of Nottingham and Birmingham