Temporary uses as tools for urban development

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Graham, Shelagh
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Temporary uses generally have a low profile in urban planning; there is not much research on them at this time and they are not a conventional tool within planners’ “tool kits.” The purpose of this practicum is to explore the effectiveness of temporary uses as tools for reanimating underutilized spaces and supporting strong urban design, especially in a slow growth city like Winnipeg. The argument put forward is that a better understanding of temporary uses and how they can be encouraged will make planning and design in downtown Winnipeg more flexible and adaptable to changing urban conditions while making better use of available space. The objectives of this research are to provide an overview of contemporary theory and practices regarding the temporary use of urban spaces; to develop recommendations for encouraging effective temporary use in Winnipeg; and to highlight gaps in the literature and to suggest directions for further research. Specific questions are asked regarding the claimed benefits and drawbacks to temporary uses of space, regarding the applicability of experiences in other cities to Winnipeg’s planning context, and regarding changes that could be make to Winnipeg’s policies practice in order to support and encourage a wider range temporary use projects. Several research methods, including a literature review, precedent studies, context analysis and policy document review, and stakeholder consultations, provide information to help develop eight recommendations suggesting improvements that could be made to the way in which temporary use projects are currently handled in Winnipeg.
temporary, use, urban, planning