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Urban Pioneers
Skate-parks in abandoned industrial estates, ponies grazing alongside the Berlin Wall, flea markets in disused warehouses, music and fashion in hard-to-let stores and climbing walls in empty building lots – scarcely a city in Europe has been so radically characterized by temporary use projects as has Berlin. Temporary use projects are increasingly of strategic importance for urban development, for space pioneers open up new development prospects at disused sites that defy the bounds of traditional urban planning. Combining a documentation of over 40 temporary use projects in Berlin with a series of essays and interviews, this book offers comprehensive insight into current discourse and proposes new guidelines for how temporary use projects might shape urban development.