no. 55, March 2020

After Temporary
edited by Alessia De Biase and Cristina Mattiucci

Temporary Urbanism, Tactical Urbanism, Pop Up Urbanism represent some of the contemporary approaches to the city performed though “activating” spaces, which are often urban void suspended while  urban transformations are ongoing. They are taken on by more or less new urban professionals who work sometimes with an independent and activist perspective, or sometimes under an institutional commission.

Such temporary urbanism it is realized through installations or urban performances, which are often collectively made and which show a kind of genericity in procedures, objectives and materials, although the different contexts on a global scale where it is applied; despite that, it produces actions which however catalyzes profound transformations of urban areas, whose effects are decidedly longer term.

Actually, these interventions are very significant not only from a symbolic-patrimonial point of view, but they have also unavoidable implications on land economies, above all because of the attributions of meanings and values they generate and for the imaginaries that feed.

In contemporary city we are witnessing the incessant sedimentation of short-term site specific urban interventions, reified by actions and practices, which are in some way sponsored as programmatic strategies of urban transformation, despite the absence of any urban strategy. Moreover, within contexts without any economical capacity of public institutions, these interventions act as a sort of catalyst for the market, even if they seem to manifest themselves be programmatically placed outside the market, as they often occur in disinvested places, so to generate ambiguous statutes.

Installations, self-builds, urban happenings, shared management of open spaces (…), that are realized within the temporary and tactical framework of Temporary Urbanism, set up a certain illusion of permanence and put into question the issue of the (long) lasting, in relationship to the more classic and “slow” urban projects. Although with their different materiality, sometimes ephemeral and sometimes massive, such actions pulverize time and space dimension in micro or macro events.

Which are the catalysts of Temporary Urbanisms? What does remain in areas where pop-up tactics occur, after the actions? In what (institutional and physical) emptiness do new temporary urban professionals work and what market, values, professional (…) changes they provoke? What is the role of collective subjectivities involved in temporary actions and tactics?

This issue aims to discuss conditions, materialities and themes produced by temporary urbanism, either presenting a critical reading of its theoretical perspectives, or investigating its procedures, contexts and actions.Contributions are particularly welcome to present case studies where it is possible to perform a gaze a posteriori about the temporary interventions, so as to be able to propose a kind of critical balance of them.



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