One of the biggest trends in 2013 has been the activation of unusual spaces in cities - places such as hidden laneways, forgotten rooftops and even deserted train platforms to name but a few.

Across cities, residents, town planners, architects and local politicians have realised the potential in unlocking these spaces for creativity. Alaska Projects has been a pioneer in Sydney, turning an underground carpark in Sydney’s King’s Cross from an isolated outpost into a popular destination. With the conversion of an underutilised portion…