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Big ideas of 2014: Pop-up everything—from warehouses to rooftops

Temporary venues have altered urban lifestyles forever

By Serena Kutchinsky   January 2014
Frank's Cafe, a rooftop bar in Peckham

Frank’s Cafe, on top of a multi-storey carpark in Peckham

©Mark Dodds

Opinion is divided on the roots of pop-up culture. Was it in the touring cinema tents of 1950s India, the first car boot sales of 1970s Britain, the squatter art events of 1980s East Berlin or the warehouse raves of early 1990s Manchester?

In the past six  years, since the financial crisis first hit, the practice of a venue or enterprise opening overnight, to thrive for a few days…

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