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Trend 4: The Factory Moves Back Into Our Houses

After years of industrialization, digitalization and outsourcing of labor, we increasingly feel that we’re losing what life ‘really’ is about. A process of detachment with normal daily life has made us economically vulnerable. Increasing numbers of people feel disconnected from the making process of stuff they use on a daily basis. They do not only want to bake their own bread again, but they want control over production processes of more and more products that are used at home. Does doesn’t only go for food, but also for other stuff that we all use on a regular basis. The result is that we start to have our own little in-house factories.

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Trend 6: Online Stores Revitalize Shopping Streets

The rise of e-commerce and the web store in particular threaten the good ol’ shop in the street. More and more people find their way to online shopping centers like Amazon and ASOS. Meanwhile, cities are left behind with empty malls and shopping streets. It’s hard to stop this development, but there seems to be help from an unexpected angle. New hybrid online-offline shopping concepts fill up the empty spots in the shopping street of the future.

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  • Trend 8: Urban Farming Becomes Serious Business

    Of course, urban agriculture is a trend that we should have mentioned in some trend list years ago, but definitely not here. Although we see urban farms popping up on every corner of the street, we have always doubted the genuinity of all those small farming initiatives that are left behind after one season of fun. Nevertheless, some developments in this ongoing hype are interesting to mention here. Why? Because the urban agriculture scene seems to become mature.

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    Trend 9: Want To Claim Your City? There’s An App For That

    Ownership of the city and its public space has become a big theme over the last years. While today’s placemakers, urban interventionists and community activators are concerned with ‘re-claiming’ physical spaces, the online world sees the rise of all kinds of location-based apps and games that enable users to claim ownership of public space in a digital world.

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  • Trend 10: The Rise Of Indie Architecture

    One of the side effects of the crisis in the building and financial sector is that it has become harder for architects to find new projects. As a result, the sector has to be extra creative to do what it wants to do. A new approach to architecture is on the rise, in which some architects start to do it all themselves. They don’t need a project developer or local government for a project, but do it at their own risk instead. They become indie architects.

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    10 Trends For 2013

    Dear readers, as the end-of-the-year trend storm in other parts of the blogosphere has subsided, the time has come for us to speak up and share our infamous Pop-Up City-flavored selection of urban trends and developments for 2013. We’ll be posting a fresh insight every day for the next two weeks. Stay tuned if you want to read something new.

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    Best Of 2012

    Here at Pop-Up City it has become an end-of-the-year tradition to bring you a selection of the most interesting, thought-provoking and appealing articles that have been published over the last 12 months.

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