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

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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)030913252098532
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Early online date20 Jan 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Jan 2021


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