welcoming places with strong identities through temporary interventions

Shaping place identities

Cities need effective tools to adapt — especially in times of increasing social, economic and environmental uncertainty. Meanwhile projects are an important part of city resilience and when done well, they can enhance a city's ability to accelerate both physical and behavioural changes, course-correct and recover in face of adversity.

Offering 30+ actionable lessons, best practices and inspiration for city leaders, urban practitioners and private developers, Meanwhile City is a 160+ page guide on how to use temporary interventions to shape the identity of places and build active communities around them.

Let’s meet!

To accelerate change, we take part in expert lectures, discussions and workshops. Here’s where you can meet us next:

OCT 2022
Prague CZ

Meanwhile City
in Prague

A series of presentations and expert panel discussion to explore the value of temporary interventions with like-minded people from the built environment industry:

- Carl Turner, Founding Director at Turner Works
- Nick Searl, Joint Managing Partner at Argent
- Petra Marko, Placemaking Director at Milk
Free registration
OCT 2022
London UK

at NLA London

A half-day conference on exploring the challenges of London’s public space and ways to create a better experience for the public, featuring Meanwhile City and exploring how to use its findings to make London an inclusive city for all.

Ask for a Print Copy

Diligently researched, clearly edited and beautifully designed by Milk, Meanwhile City will be soon available in limited quantities exclusively to municipalities and organizations in placemaking, urban planning, architecture and real estate development. There’s also a free digital download available to students and individuals to enjoy.

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Researched, edited and designed by Milk

Meanwhile City was conceived and produced by Milk's Places studio – a multidisciplinary team of strategists, designers, architects, writers, placemakers and artists led by the architect Petra Marko, who build local identities for cities, districts and places.

Petra Marko
Architect, London
Martin Jenča
Strategist, Bratislava
Zuzana Kvetková
Editor, Cambridge
Radim Lisa
Researcher, Prague

Besides publications like Meanwhile City, we work with cities, urban planners, architects and real estate companies on design and communication projects that nurture healthier communities and kinder cultures. Through research, narratives and content-driven activation, we engage audiences in growing relationships to places, building active communities around them.

Let’s talk about
your place!

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