New directions in the theorisation of temporary urbanisms: Adaptability, activation and trajectory

Lauren Andres*, Peter Kraftl

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This article rethinks processes and practices of urban temporariness in a more agile, localised and context-specific way, where rhythms and dynamics of the everyday are clearly acknowledged. It discusses the directions of research required to theorise ‘temporary urbanisms’. To do so, three overlapping literatures are used: Lefebvrian conceptualisations of rhythms and the everyday; evolutionary analyses of path of change and path creation; and geographies of architecture. This article recognises that although temporariness is (evidently) a universal urban condition, diverse discursive and practical dynamics exist directing urban temporariness along particular channels and shaping space significantly while impacting people’s living environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1237-1253
Number of pages17
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number5
Early online date20 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the UK Economic and Social Research Council for a portion of the research on which this paper is based. The ESRC support the project ?New Urbanisms, New Citizens: Children and Young People's Everyday Life and Participation in Sustainable Communities' (grant reference RES-062-23-1549).

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  • activation
  • adaptability
  • everyday rhythms
  • geographies of architecture
  • paths of change
  • temporary urbanism
  • trajectory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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