Reuse of vacant spaces as a driving force for innovation at the local level

03/09/2015 08/06/2018


In many European cities one of the positive side effects of the financial-economic crisis is the growth of innovative forms of solidarity and commitment at local level. This Action Planning network pioneered, in terms of bottom-up civic initiatives, by co-creating solutions for social challenges in an urban context. Cities are often perceived as a laboratory and governments are no longer the only actor to solve complex challenges faced in cities. Therefore, temporary use is a powerful tool to make our cities "future fit". Since the concept of temporary use is interacting with many other urban dynamics it creates the right environment for social innovation to develop by: exchanging and evaluating of local supporting instruments; ensuring long lasting effects of temporality; building a more flexible and collaborative public administration.

Lead Partner : Ghent - Belgium
  • Amersfoort - Netherlands
  • Athens - Greece
  • Bremen - Germany
  • Cluj-Napoca - Romania
  • Helsinki - Finland
  • Nantes - France
  • Ostrava - Czech Republic
  • Poznań - Poland
  • Riga - Latvia

City of Ghent - Stad Gent, Botermarkt 1 - 9000 Gent

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Final Products


Kick-off meeting in June (Amersfoot). Transnational meeting in September (Cluj Napoca).

Transnational meetings in March (Helsinki), September (Ostrava).

Political event in March (Athens). Final event in April (Ghent).


Integrated Action Plans