This event invited stakeholders from across sectors to consider urban change since the 2008 financial crash.
It was held in collaboration with Truth Consulting, a strategic insight agency.
The urban landscape after the 2008 crash was defined by instability, fractures and gaps: businesses closed, developments were stalled and, as cuts began to take effect, council owned land was sold off. This necessitated changes in place making, leading to innovations in urban form that sought to make use of vacant spaces temporarily, inhabit awkward, in-between sites and respond rapidly to the pressures facing the city.
A series of terms emerged to describe such urban forms: terms such as ‘meanwhile’, ‘pop-up’, ‘micro’, ‘flexible’ or ‘modular’, as well as the concept of ‘co’ living and working.
The aim of this workshop was to question the kinds of urban change that these terms reflect and encourage and to think collaboratively about the potentials and pitfalls they entail.