In many parts of London, using vacant space on a temporary basis is the only way to afford a start-up, community or living space. Yet London is full of unused spaces, small and large, that could be given over to temporary workspaces, gardens, housing or retail – but are not.
In a city where land is at a premium and demand for retail and leisure is changing rapidly, meanwhile use can be a way to experiment on the cheap, foster resilient neighbourhoods, and enable a new generation of businesses, artists and community leaders to emerge.
We’re launching new research which makes the case for scaling up meanwhile use in the capital. Based on extensive interviews, new datasets and international case studies, this research offers the first analysis of the extent, the value and the potential of meanwhile use in London. What’s holding the sector back? How can meanwhile use bring lasting positive change even in its temporary nature?
This private roundtable will gather London’s leading meanwhile use experts and practitioners to dig deeper into the recommendations for city landowners and policymakers.
This is an invite-only roundtable with limited spaces available.