Pop & Rest is not the only company taking part in the sharing economy in cities. Plot, a Manchester-based company, is offering a green space within the urban city center, for the masses that prefer access over ownership. The project was first set up as part of the city’s urban gardening festival. With the help of their smartphone, users could reserve a 2-hour time slot in a rooftop garden for themselves or a group, in order to host a yoga session, soak up the sun or just simply escape the city bustle for a while. Once the reservation is confirmed, the Plot user may use the garden and provided Wi-Fi for a maximum of two hours.
Both Plot and Pop&Rest explore the idea of private and outdoor space as an on-demand service, instead of solely relying on the inflexible concept of ownership. In times where we stream music, movies and series, and the sharing economy is increasingly being involved in city making and the way we live, these companies have grasped the concept and transferred it to private and green space.