Underway: Sites as Places of Becoming

Tina Vestermann


This paper shows that sites in relation to time understood as places of becoming provide a useful frame for understanding the way temporary use acts as a transformative tool in urban design. This argument is presented in three points: one, that existing ways of describing and understanding temporary uses via the dichotomy of temporary versus permanent give a false impression of their long-term potential; two, that a static understanding of the site of intervention falls short in describing real-life processes; and three, that a foregrounding of time and temporality resulting in a dynamic understanding of site and place as becoming is useful when unfolding how these processes create difference at a site spanned out between past, present, and potential futures.

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