Short Term Projects, Long Term Ambitions: Facets of Transience in Two London Development Sites

Kamvasinou, K. 2017. Short Term Projects, Long Term Ambitions: Facets of Transience in Two London Development Sites. in: Henneberry, J. (ed.) Transience and Permanence in Urban Development Hoboken, NJ Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 65-84

Chapter titleShort Term Projects, Long Term Ambitions: Facets of Transience in Two London Development Sites
AuthorsKamvasinou, K.
EditorsHenneberry, J.
Abstract

Exploring the phenomenon of short term projects on vacant land through empirical research in London in the latest downturn, this chapter draws on two case studies which reflect different attitudes to transience and permanence in urban development. Through defining the notion of ‘short-term’, the chapter locates the case studies in a historical framework. A complex systems/resilience framework brings the socio-environmental dimension of temporary uses to the foreground, while collaborative planning theory frames the way in which they can be portrayed as tools for community co-authorship of development. The chapter discusses the following key themes that emerged through the case study approach: the environmental and social contribution of vacant land in relation to urban systems, sustainability and resilience; urban development as an incremental, collaborative process, and emerging patterns of collaboration and synergies between involved actors, within the context of recession; and planning policy implications.

KeywordsTemporary use; historical evolution; complex systems; resilience; collaborative planning; upcycling; social enterprise; urban farm; Caravanserai; Cultivate London
Book titleTransience and Permanence in Urban Development
Page range65-84
Year2017
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
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Publication dates
Published06 Apr 2017
Place of publicationHoboken, NJ
ISBN9781119055655
Web address (URL)http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119055652,subjectCd-AR82.html

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