Cities in Time

Cities in Time: Temporary Urbanism and the Future of the City

by Ali Madanipour

Ali Madanipour is professor of urban design and director of the Global Urban Research Unit (GURU) at Newcastle University, UK. In 2010 he was the City of Vienna senior visiting professor at the Technical University of Vienna, and in 2011 the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has published numerous books on planning, design, development and management of cities, which have been translated into many languages. His more recent publications include Critical Concepts in the Built Environment: Planning Theory (2015), Reconsidering Localism, (2015), Urban Design, Space and Society (2014) and Knowledge Economy and the City: Spaces of knowledge (2011). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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    978-1-4742-2072-9 (hardback)

    978-1-4742-2071-2 (paperback)

    978-1-4742-2074-3 (epdf)

    978-1-4742-2073-6 (epub)

    978-1-3500-1427-5 (online)
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From street-markets and pop-up shops to art installations and Olympic parks, the temporary use of urban space is a growing international trend in architecture and urban design. Partly a response to economic and ecological crisis, it also claims to offer a critique of the status quo and an innovative way forward for the urban future.

Cities in Time aims to explore and understand the phenomenon, offering a first critical and theoretical evaluation of temporary urbanism and its implications for the present and future of our cities.

The book argues that temporary urbanism needs to be understood within the broader context of how different concepts of time are embedded in the city. In any urban place, multiple, discordant and diverse timeframes are at play – and the chapters here explore these different conceptions of temporality, their causes and their effects. Themes explored include how institutionalised time regulates everyday urban life, how technological and economic changes have accelerated the city’s rhythms, our existential and personal senses of time, concepts of memory and identity, virtual spaces, ephemerality and permanence.