Temporary Urbanism is a national initiative that encourages cities to use vacant spaces for ‘temporary use’ in ways that benefit the public. Often these spaces are dormant, waiting for renters, developers to obtain permits, interested buyers, or other reasons. In some cities, pop up parks, community gardens, art displays, or community events have taken place on vacant lots (or in empty building storefronts) as part of the temporary urbanism movement. Not only does this benefit a neighborhood by providing more activity and variety, but it improves aesthetics, and decreases litter, crime or vandalism often drawn to vacant spaces. The vacant spaces might be private or city owned. If privately owned, yet not going to be used within a year’s period, cities are encouraged to work with the property owner to consider positive, temporary uses that would be a win-win situation.
For Field Task 2, locate a vacant space in your city that would benefit from a dose of temporary urbanism. Take a photo. (For this field task, you don’t have to look into the history or ownership of the space unless you want to.) Propose a temporary use of this space that would connect the people who live in the surrounding area. So, you will need to find out more about the area so what you propose is relevant to the identity of neighborhood. In other words, this is an authentic placemaking exercise as well. Succinctly describe your idea and why it would work well in this particular location. Remember that it is temporary use … so your suggestions cannot involve a large investment or permanent structures. Be creative. You are welcome to suggest community organizations that might want to get involved.
This is a vacant space and it could be used as a quiet placefor yoga sport for example, because yoga can be done anywhere, if there is space and a desire.To make people’s experiences more positive, happier and more prosperous and transform it into a smart place. Also, growing ornamental plants scattered around the place for relaxation to visitors. The vision is to make ithappier place by embracing innovation, innovation and technology as means to improve the quality of life and to make it more suitable for living, working and sustainability.