Pop-Up City Trip #1: Micro-Living In London & Amsterdam

At the end of the year, Pop-Up City will organize an exclusive double city trip to London and Amsterdam to investigate the chances and pitfalls of micro-living and co-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?

At the end of the year, 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 of micro-living and co-living. We will speak to initiators, designers, residents, experts, developers and community managers; exchange knowledge; and discuss current issues, trends and challenges. During the final day in Amsterdam we will share our findings during an expert meeting in collaboration with ARCAM.

The city trip is part of our international research project on Micro-Metropolitan Living, that Pop-Up City has been conducting over the past year. Fifteen spots are available for people with a background in property development, government and policy, construction, and design. We aspire to form a mixed group people with a diverse set of backgrounds, who can also contribute to the program using their expertise. We welcome anyone from developers to initiators, investors, researchers, interior designers, architects and policy makers.


Click here to become first in line for the city trip! We will let you know when we have updates on the program and when registration opens.


The city trip will take off on Thursday morning October 5th at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, from where we will fly to London. In the evening of Friday October 6th we will return to Amsterdam. The final day of the trip will take place after the weekend on Monday October 9th in Amsterdam.

Costs of the city trip will be €490 (ex. VAT) and includes return airfare, overnight stay and breakfast in London and the complete program in both cities. Other costs for food, drinks and (public) transport are not included.

Important note — main language of the trip will be Dutch. Only parts of the program in London will be in English.


The program is not set in stone yet, but we are planing to 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.

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.

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

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.

Other projects we want to visit are The Collective Serviced Living, Pocket Living and The Trampery. These visits will included talks with the people behind the projects and other experts from relevant research projects (LSE).


An important development in the crowded property markets of metropolitan regions worldwide like London, New York, San Francisco and Paris is the rise of highly urban forms of living spaces, coined ‘micro-living’ or ‘co-living’. Mostly young professionals choose a home with remarkable little private These arrangements are on one hand a result of tight property markets and astronomic costs of living for traditional homes. On the other hand you could see how these homes are perfectly fitting with the lifestyle of the modern urbanite, and keep the city accessible for this particular group.

A new emerging group in the property market are very often single, if willing to share more, is spending money on experience as opposed to possession and is looking for a new ‘sense of community’ in living. Micro-living and co-living perfectly fit this need. Against the background of the evolving property market in the Netherlands and the many issues faced by young starters in the large Dutch cities, the search for new types of living arrangement in the Dutch context is indeed very relevant.

The citytrip to London and Amsterdam is part of a wider research conducted by Pop-Up City around the trend of micro-metropolitan living. During the past year we studied over twenty international cases studies and conducted interviews. This has resulted in a trend report and a series of articles on the blog. The insights and understandings that have come out of this research will be part of the citytrip’s program.

The aim is to reveal what role this trend can play in the Dutch urban context. We will learn from international examples and see what changes and pitfalls for the Dutch practice will emerge in London and Amsterdam. It will be an inspirational trip and unique insight into the trend of micro-metropolitan living in two dynamic and relevant cities. As a result of the trip Pop-Up City will create a report that include tangible recommendations for the Dutch context.

Hungry for more?

Read the article series on Micro-Metropolitan Living on Pop-Up City right here.

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