Pop-Up City Trip: The Future Of Urban Living

At the end of the year, Pop-Up City will organize an exclusive double city trip to London and Amsterdam to investigate the opportunities and challenges of the Future of Urban Living.

Costs of living space in cities are on the rise. For the first time in centuries, the average size of a person’s living space is decreasing. This trend is leading to new lifestyles and smaller forms of housing. Micro-living and co-living are the newest developments in urban living. How is this affecting the city? Is it a temporary or lasting trend? And in what way can we realize attractive forms of micro-living in the Netherlands?

In October and November, Pop-Up City will organize an exclusive double city trip to London and Amsterdam, to elaborately discover the chances and pitfalls of micro-living and co-living. During this three-day city trip (two days in London, one in Amsterdam) we will visit a wide range of exemplar cases. We will speak to initiators, designers, residents, experts, developers and community managers; exchange knowledge; and discuss current issues, trends and challenges. To wrap up the day in Amsterdam we will share our findings during an expert meeting in collaboration with Zoku.

The city trip is part of our international research project on the Future of Urban Living, that Pop-Up City has been conducting over the past year. Joining us is a group of people with a background in property development, government and policy, construction, and design.  


The trip will take off on Monday morning October 9th in Amsterdam, where we visit multiple co-living concepts. During the evening, we host a meet up in which we discuss the future of urban living. On November 30th, we depart from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, flying to London. In the evening of Friday December 1st we will return to Amsterdam, wrapping up our trip.

During the trip, we will visit the following projects and exemplar cases in London and Amsterdam. We will be able to see theses interesting places with our own eyes and get to know the people behind it. Check them out here.

1. The Collective Old Oak (London)

At a current scale of 550 beds, and aspiring plans to reach 5,000, The Collective Old Oak is the largest co-living facility in the world.

2. Roam (London)

At one of Roam’s locations, digital nomads can live and work in unique spaces, while being surrounded by a local community.


3. Leman Locke (London)

Leman Locke is a design-led aparthotel for those who want to challenge the status quo, and experience the unique and authentic. It connect you to a community of like-minded locals and travellers. For this trip, we will spend the night at Leman Locke in east London.

4. Lowe Guardians (London)

The Shed Project is an initiative by Lowe Guardians that uses the abundance of vacant buildings in London as a means to experiment with temporary housing. They create Sheds that pop up in these vacant buildings and convert them into inhabited residences, offering clean, safe and cheap housing.

5. Copper Lane (London)

© Ioana Marinescu

Copper Lane is a collection of six mixed households living in a small ‘self-build’ cohousing project at Copper Lane in the Stoke Newington area of North London. © Ioana Marinescu

6. The Student Hotel (Amsterdam)

The Student Hotel is co-work, co-live and co-a-lot-more. It’s mission is to create boundary-blurring spaces where students, travelers, mobile professionals, creative nomads and enterprising minds can connect and thrive in smartly designed co- living and co-working spaces.

7. Zoku (Amsterdam)

Looking to provide an alternative way of living for travelling professionals, Zoku in Amsterdam seeks to be a home-away-from-home for global nomads travelling anywhere from 5 days to 3 months.

8. Villa Mokum (Amsterdam)

Villa Mokum is located in one of Amsterdam’s newest neighborhoods, Amstelkwartier. It contains 348 affordable studio’s to buy for students and starters.

9. Little Manhattan (Amsterdam)

Little Manhattan Amsterdam is a co-living housing concept for young professionals. It’s one of the latest co-living concepts in the city, as it opened its doors in October this year.

Hungry for more?

Read the article series on the Future of Urban Living on Pop-Up City right here.

The city trip is part of our international research project on the Future of Urban Living, that is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL.