I am agree with your post that thought learning about the research on Temporary Urbanism (TU), can help us develop new participatory design methods to overcome the everyday political, social and environmental challenges we experience. But for you question about the balance between the ‘participation’ and the economic or politic, I can not give you a good answer. Because this question is always confused with me. However, I can share my ideas about the TU and how it fit in the urban design strategies.
In Koolhass’s paper ‘The Generic City, and Whatever happened to urbanism?’ (1995), he mentioned about the lost of identity of each cities, the blurring of the urbanism and the domination of the architecture. With the effect of the large scale of urban planning, the cities had some ‘shadows’, which means some wasteland or corner of the cities had been ignored. Urbanism became fragmented and need to be more basing on the situation of different cities. It is a good opportunity for designers and citizens to think about how to reuse these places to develop the value of social, economic and culture. That’s the reason why TU happened.
As Haydn and his partners (2006) said, the temporary urban spaces could reflect a number of aspects of the cities. From the Munich Oktoberfest to the Iceland man-made Beach, these temporary urban spaces are oriented towards leisure, trade, tourism or culture. That is to say, TU is a good junction for the urban design strategies. It is a good way to show the identity of the cities combined with large scale urban planning. Moreover, TU make us rethink about the definition of public space. As Gehl (2006) said, the more optional activities happened in the cities, the better quality of city life we could provided for citizen. TU could effectively improve the value of the places we ignored before. The designers can transform it into a better public spaces, green spaces or exhibition spaces. With citizen’s participate in TU, more optional activities would happened in these places.
Gehl, J. (2006) Life between buildings:Using public spaces. London:Island Express.
Haydn, F.; Temel, R.; Skogley, D. and Lindberg, S. (2006) Temporary urban spaces : concepts for the use of city spaces. Basel : Birkhäuser
Koolhass, R (1995) The Generic City, and Whatever happened to urbanism? The Urban Design Reader. 2nd Edition, pp.358-372