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New Ecologies for the Inner Periphery

Due to factors such as evolutions of transportation networks, sky-rocketing real estate values, and new patterns of living working and shopping, the inner peripheries of cities across the globe are rapidly evolving. The polycentric city form has replaced the old monocentric city model, resulting in concentrations of development around well-linked neighbourhoods, often with distinct character and local identities. In the face of an enormous housing shortage, the inner periphery of London is under immense pressure for development and densification. Areas such as Peckham, due to relatively recent transportation improvements, find themselves poised for huge change and significant densification.

With exploding land values and an increasingly transient population, London finds its Private Rental Sector growing and incredible rates. “Generation Rent” has been thrust into what amounts to a constant expectation of relocation. Simultaneously, the advent of online shopping and social media advertisement has birthed a strong sector of temporary retail known as Pop-Up. These two trends parallel each other in many ways, namely as long-form versions of sequential sharing, a concept economized and popularized by Uber and Airbnb.

If we can begin to shed the stigmas associated with sharing (especially shared living), perhaps we can begin to conceive of ways in which type and development model can benefit from longform sequential sharing. Perhaps we can find ways to compromise certain levels of privacy while still maintaining elements of seclusion. Perhaps we can build with the full intention of change and rapid overturn, an infrastructure to be mutually controlled and maximized through a deep examination of time and ownership model. Perhaps we can embrace a sort of permanent temporality.