Panu Lehtovuori, Sampo Ruoppila
Estonian Academy of Arts, University of Turku


Contemporary economic, social and cultural trends support interest in temporary uses of properties and urban space. Temporary uses have an experimental character in development and have agreed to have many societal and commercial benefits, including place-making and support of collaborative practices. This article provides a typology of temporary uses’ sociospatial conditions and goals. When designed and implemented in urban central areas, currently under-used areas, or areas losing significance, temporary uses are tuned accordingly for intensification, initiation or redefinition of their locations. Four kinds of approaches taken by the public authorities to incorporate temporary uses have also been identified. These are consistent, project-based, centralised-idealistic and best practices approach.

temporary uses, urban planning, post-industrial, urban regeneration, strategy



SAJ Vol. 4, 2012, No. 1