The Bartlett School of Planning


BSP Public Lecture: Cities in Time. Temporary Urbanism and the Future of Cities

25 October 2018, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

Public Lecture Series

The first instalment of the 2018/19 BSP Public Lecture Series

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John Tomaney


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Gower Street

Speaker: Professor Ali Madanipour  is Professor of Urban Design at Newcastle University


From street-markets and pop-up shops to art installations and Olympic parks, the temporary use of urban space is a growing international trend in architecture and urban design. Partly a response to economic and ecological crisis, it also claims to offer a critique of the status quo and an innovative way forward for the urban future. This lecture will draw upon the recently published Cities in Time to explore and understand the phenomenon, offering a first critical and theoretical evaluation of temporary urbanism and its implications for the present and future of our cities. It will argue that temporary urbanism needs to be understood within the broader context of how different concepts of time are embedded in the city. In any urban place, multiple, discordant and diverse timeframes are at play – and the lecture will explore these different conceptions of temporality, their causes and their effects. Themes explored include how institutionalised time regulates everyday urban life, how technological and economic changes have accelerated the city's rhythms, our existential and personal senses of time, concepts of memory and identity, virtual spaces, ephemerality and permanence.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at the back of the theatre.

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About the Speaker

Professor Ali Madanipour

Professor of Urban Design at Newcastle University

Ali Madanipour has studied (MArch, PhD), practised, researched, and taught architecture, urban design and planning, winning design and research awards, and working with academic and municipal partners from around the world. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Persian and Spanish. His visiting positions include the City of Vienna Senior Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Vienna (2010), the Wits-Claude Leon Distinguished Scholar at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (2011), and Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic of Milan (2015).

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