Temporary Is the New Permanent

Temporary Is the New Permanent - Allison Arieff - The Atlantic Cities

(Meeting Bowls, New York)

“When Toys ‘R’ Us does a pop-up shop one can certainly make a case for the waning effectiveness of the genre. But despite their co-option by hipsters and marketing gurus, the temporary space remains a sharp tool in the urban revitalization kit. Why? As we well know, cities are starved for cash, their workers weary of bureaucratic obstacles and the word ‘no.’ So they welcome the creative, energetic, and financially prudent efforts of grassroots organizations that have seen opportunity in crisis. Vacant lots, abandoned buildings, parking spaces, and even slivers of pavement, have been transformed by prudent partnerships between governments, artists, architects, and designers, and volunteers motivated to improve their own communities. The best of these efforts are designed to enhance daily life not promote product or ‘lifestyle.'”

via Temporary Is the New Permanent – Allison Arieff – The Atlantic Cities.

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