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Meantime Shibuya. Potential and Opportunities of Temporal Common Spaces in Shibuya's Urban Redevelopment. (2017)

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Title: Meanwhile Shibuya. Potential and opportunities of temporary common spaces in Shibuya urban redevelopment.

  • Author(s): Ana Gabriela Medina Gavilanes, Alice Covatta and Vedrana Ikalovic.
  • Magazine (magazine): The INTESDA Journal of Global Sustainable Development.
  • Pages: 62-69.
  • ISSN: 2188-3432.
  • Summary: According to the New Basic Concept of the City of Shibuya, environmental sustainability is one of the areas that the local government wants to develop along with social inclusion, cultural diversity and large and small enterprises. These indicators are part of a program that is presented in parallel, but not connected, to the Shibuya City Master Plan (2010-2027). It is one of the most complex ongoing projects that includes the remodeling and construction of new infrastructures and facilities that will change the look and functionality of this room. This situation has a direct impact on the micro-economy and infrastructure that must be constantly adapted to the plan. It also affects the movement of people and causes the appearance, disappearance and recurrence of local places and activities. Therefore, this project of seventeen years is long enough to be considered as an average period of time, one that operates autonomously and simultaneously to this Master Plan. This temporality accommodates different dynamics that serve as a platform for spatial opportunities, where sustainability is the enabler in real time. An alternative public space network emerges within this platform in a form of common spaces, such as parks, shops, alleys or bridges. The relationship between the construction site and the temporary common spaces that meet the current needs of people, highlights the dialectical character of Shibuya. Through the exploration of these common spaces, the document will discuss their potential and opportunities in the interim period. It will add value to the sustainable concept that should be considered within the planning practices and management of urban redevelopment.
  • Keywords: Temporaryity, movement, leftovers, common spaces, multi-social groups.
  • Abstract: According to Shibuya City’s New Basic Concept, environmental sustainability is one of the areas that local government wants to developside along social inclusion, cultural diversity and large and small businesses. These indicators are part of a program that stands in parallel, but not connected, to the current Shibuya City’s Master Plan (2010-2027). It is one of the most complex on-going projects that includes a redevelopment and construction of new infrastructure and facilities that will change the appearance and functionality of this ward. This situation has a direct impact on the micro-economy and infrastructure that need to be constantly adapted to the plan. It also affects people’s movement and provokes the appearance, disappearance and reappearance of local places and activities. Thus, this seventeen-year project is long enough to be considered as a mean-time period, one that functions autonomously and simultaneously to this Master Plan. This temporality accommodates different dynamics that serve as a platform for spatial opportunities, where sustainability is the activator in real time. An alternative public space network emerges within this platform in a form of common spaces, such as parks, shops, backstreets, or bridges. The relationship between the construction site and the temporary common spaces that afford people’s present needs, highlights a dialectic character of Shibuya. Through the exploration of these common spaces, the paper will discuss their potential and opportunities in the meantime period. It will add value to the sustainable concept that needs to be considered within planning practices and management of urban redevelopment.
  • Keywords: Temporality, movement, leftovers, common spaces, multi-social groups
  • Link: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323866984_Meantime_Shibuya_Potential_and_Opportunities_of_Temporal_Common_Spaces_in_Shibuya’s_Urban_Redevelopment

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