Can ‘meanwhile’ schemes use pop up everywhere?

Developers and local authorities know how difficult it is to create cities from scratch. As London’s 1960s new towns remind us, planning lifestyles a decade in advance can be hit-and-miss, writes Nicolas Bosetti, research nanager, Centre for London. But London is building new towns and masterplanning whole neighbourhoods again, from homes and offices to retail and recreation spaces. Just think of the 10,000 new homes at Meridian Water, 11,000 at Barking Riverside, and 25,000 in Old Oak Park Royal. Fortunately, planners, designers and asset managers can count on "meanwhile" activity to soften the transition between existing and new. But while