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The Role of Pop-Up Architecture in Urban Void Regeneration

SPACE International Journal of Space Studies in Architecture and Urban Design
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Nouran Zakaria
Architecture & Urban Design, German University in Cairo
Rita Pinto De Freitas
Architecture & Urban Design, German University in Cairo
https://doi.org/10.51596/sjp2020.bfpz6877
Received October 1, 2020 – Accepted November 2, 2020 – Published December 2, 2020
Abstract

We live in cities that abide by common mindsets that traditional city planning is a sufficient approach to planning and developing a city. However, another approach has surfaced in the form of informal temporary uses and is usually generated by the people. One of these is pop-up architecture is a medium of expression and public engagement between people and a means of satisfying certain needs within the city and informal development in an impermanent way.

The paper shows the dichotomy between theory and practice regarding the planning process and how in practice, temporary uses are essential to a city’s urban fabric and its development—focusing on the urban voids as the main catalyst for temporary uses.

More emphasis is then on pop-up cultures, how they act as a form of informal city regeneration within the formal system and contemplate the relationship between users and space with essential regard to time.

Keywords
Urban Regeneration, Space Activation, Ephemeral Architecture, Pop-up Architecture
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Endnotes

This paper has been presented at the Conference “AGORA CAUMME 2020 – Mediterranean: Between Expansion and Regeneration” and selected by the Conference Scientific Committee to be published in the SPACE International Journal of Space Studies in Architecture and Urban Design. Peer review under the responsibility of the scientific committee of AGORA CAUMME 2020.

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Biographical Notes on Contributors

Nouran Zakaria

Rita Pinto De Freitas

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