5 Ideas For City-Making In The Sharing Economy

  • On Thursday 2nd February, Pop-Up City and BPD will host a night at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam about the opportunities to integrate the sharing economy into urban design. Key players from the sharing economy and urban development on stage will discuss the impact of the sharing economy on cities, its challenges and opportunities.

    Entrance to the event is free of charge, but making a reservation is required. Click here to RSVP!

    The sharing economy is changing our cities in many different ways. Pop-Up City has been featuring many bigger and smaller cases of this phenomenon over the years. We present an overview of five refreshing examples.

    1. Spacious

    Co-working spaces are popping up everywhere in cities all over the world. The days when freelance workers, urban nomads and other flexible creatives could only work and be connected in overcrowded coffee bars are soon to be over, as co-working spaces in a range of different concepts are tapping into this growing target group. New York-based startup Spacious is doing it differently — they see potential in spaces that are temporarily unused, like restaurants during the day. Read more →

    2. VANMOOF x Spinlister

    Dutch bike manufacturer VANMOOF teams up with Spinlister to create a smart bicycle that makes peer-to-peer bike sharing easier than ever before. Equipped with a Bluetooth lock, a GPS chip, a phone charger, an on-board computer, and automatic dynamo lights, will be able to communicate with and update its real-time location to Spinlister’s smartphone application. People looking for a bike to rent can browse the app for available vehicles around them. A bike can be dropped of wherever the renter wants — the Bluetooth lock will do its work and the owner will be able to see the GPS location. Read more →

    3. Pumpipumpe

    Don’t we all have a huge pile of very handy but hardly used things in our house that fill our closets and make us need even more space than we already occupy? Swiss initiative Pumpipumpe wants to encourage urbanites to share all these occasionally used items with a handy set of stickers. The Pumpipume stickers, that can be stuck to front doors or mailboxes, allow urbanites to easily indicate which items they are willing to loan to neighbors. Read more →

    4. Hoffice

    The Swedish peer-to-peer community Hoffice wants to build an urban community of working nomads who work at people’s homes. People can register for free at hoffice.nu and offer their living room as a daytime co-working space, or book a spot at someone’s home office. Read more →

    5. A Cabin In A Loft

    The Brooklyn-based artist couple Adam Frezza and Terri Chiao have constructed a bed & breakfast cabin inside their own house that they rent out on Airbnb. The idea for a A Cabin in a Loft was based on the house-in-a-house concept. Read more →

    On Thursday 2nd February, Pop-Up City and BPD will host a night at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam about the opportunities to integrate the sharing economy into urban design. Entrance to the event is free of charge, but making a reservation is required. Click here to RSVP!