This blog has been a bit of a posting backwater, partly because I have been busy in the flesh world, and also because I have recently started contributing to The Pop-Up City, an online magazine that features concepts, designs and innovations from people in cities around the globe.

The Pop-Up City is a project in which we will explore new concepts, strategies and methods for a dynamic and flexible interpretation of contemporary urban life.

More than ever societies are strongly linked to global developments that have a substantial influence on the local scale. Changes take place continuously with more and more acceleration. Today’s world cities deal with many problems related to rapidly increasing international societal, cultural, technologic and economic transformation processes. More variableness in economic, political and cultural patterns leads to new expectations and renewals of dynamic capacities of the city. Our aim is to search for creative solutions regarding flexible urbanism and architecture.

The assignment of dealing consequently with the flexible city contains two important dimensions. On one hand the exploring of opportunities for temporary use of both private and public space which have become obsolete. On the other hand the search for new forms of construction, urban planning and architecture where principles of change, movement, (dis)appearance or extensions are embedded. Our aim is to create a network of a wide range of professionals who are interested in dynamic urbanism.

The idea of a dynamic urbanism is particularly appealing. Often, when we think about living in cities, we picture huge populations of transient, superficial and anonymous citizens living disconnected lives in busy, smoggy, grid-locked slums. However, growing numbers of people refuse to subscribe to this outmoded model of living.

People who strive for connection, but aren’t waiting for governments or corporations to provide the means to connect. Grass-roots, sharing communities are growing in cities across the world. I believe we need more commentary about these growing DIY urban communities and the creative ideas that they are working with. For more, read my Pop-Up City posts here.