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Temporary use and the access to vacant urban properties in Europe

First explored in the transforming Berlin of the 1990s and 2000s, and later developed into a set of methodologies, temporary use has become and attractive and efficient tool to tackle the problem of vacant properties. In the years after the eruption of the 2007-2008 economic crisis, with many municipalities struggling to maintain their infrastructures, or forced by austerity policies to downscale and outsource their services, involving community energies in running services and spaces seems like a logical idea.

This article, by Daniela Patti and Levente Polyak based on the authors’ work in the URBACT knowledge transfer program Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration and other initiatives and research, looks at a few examples in The Hague, Bremen, Paris, London, Rome and Madrid to explore the conditions and potentials of temporary use in regenerating European cities and giving communities better access to urban spaces.

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