I am interested in temporary urbanism too. And I agree that temporary urbanism is a tool tend to adapt future urban design. Though the practice of temporary urbanism methods in community, the designers can gain what may need from the community, how the community work together to build a future. And from the community’s view, they are building their own home. So in my view, this key tool to bring community participation is a good way for rethinking urban design.


According to a journal posted in urban design group, temporary urbanism used as a planning methods for design city life, it is part of citizen participation. It can be used in the process of city planning, correction and improvement of people’s needs. (Saaby, 2012) In Saaby’s project of Copenhagen, she attempted to make the city life happen as well as inspire citizens to take part in temporary project. As a consequence, urban design tend to cater to grassroots.


In Ash’s project, she thought that the dead space can be redeveloped as single or mixed use function. New value can be gave from small business and then do some co-housing and housing development. She had a deep thought about how to transform the waste urban space become urban arena. Temporary urbanism as the transition experience in the project, when developers attempt to create the space for staying, it will consider the participation of community, citizens and users. (Ash, 2012)


In a short summary, this process of trying to attract citizens and users who benefit from those projects is likely to do three steps. First of all, propaganda project objective and what it will be in the future in other to inspire people to participate in creating what they want. Secondly, do some experience with Participants and beneficiaries. At the end of the project, modified the present disadvantages of project during the promotion and try to delivery.




Saaby, T. (2012). Urban life for everyone – temporary measures as a planning method. Urban Design Group Journal, 122(Spring 2012), pp.19-21.


Ash, C. (2012). A tool towards adaptable Neighbourhoods. Urban Design Group Journal, 122(Spring 2012), pp.26-28.


Kelbaugh, D (2002) “Three Urbanisms and the Public Realm”, Proceedings of the international space syntax symposium, Vol 3: pp14.1-14.8


Koolhass, R (1995) The Generic City, and Whatever happened to urbanism? The Urban Design Reader, 2nd Edition, pp.358-372