During the Urban and Planning Theory reading I’ve been doing recently, I’ve been taken with Fran Tonkiss’s concept ‘The Makeshift City’*. She writes about alternative productions of urban space, where communities and sometimes professionals are attempting to make the city differently, she describes this as an ‘…interstitial urbanism that goes to work in margins both physical…and conceptual…the “in-between” character of such urban strategies is expressed both spatially, in edge or infill conditions, and temporally, in forms of interim use and transitory occupation’.
Example productions she describes include: the urban garden project in Berlin, Prinzessinnengarten and Le 56, the allotment/marketplace/debating chamber/classroom/park/gallery/theatre/dining room space, created in a narrow gap between two buildings in Paris (referred to in my previous blog Sept 2011) as well as architects practice MUF’s East Croydon cricket pitches built on land waiting ‘on hold’ for development.
Image credits: 1. Prinzessinnengarten 2. MUF
* Fran Tonkiss (2013), ‘Austerity urbanism and the makeshift city’, City, 17(3), 312-324.