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The Temporary Reuse Toolkit

The Temporary Reuse Toolkit provides methodology and phases for the reactivation of empty buildings through temporary uses.

Goals

  • To establish a methodology that allows a global vision of all those necessary processes for the temporary reuse of abandoned buildings, mainly destined to enhance the commons.
  • To develop specifically those processes related to space and those circumstances necessary to assess the different parameters that allow analyzing their viability and implementation.
  • To provide a case studies analysis tool.
  • To facilitate the ordering of case studies that can stage the processes addressed.

What is the Temporary Reuse Toolkit about?

Current city planning contains an inherent dyschrony between the Urban Plan and the process. The first has been the usual instrument in the transformation of the territory based on economic, social and cultural issues that have been assumed to be stable and durable. The second, however, has operated as a factor of programmatic destabilization of what the Urban Plan had established as immutable and durable. Precisely, the definition of the urban refers to the unexpected, the surprising, the oscillating, the intermittent or the fluctuating and, therefore, opposed to any structural crystallization. However, beyond considering them antagonistic concepts, it is possible to conceive them in terms of complementarity through reuse processes that reinterpret the keys to temporality.

The experience of estonoesunsolar that activated temporary uses in abandoned lots allowed us to establish a methodology that linked all the factors involved in the temporary occupation process. This methodology was implemented in numerous public spaces. In the context of an evolution of these temporary occupation mechanisms, it is intended to extrapolate strategies for their application in the reuse of abandoned buildings.

Methodology

The toolkit has a double ambition. On one hand, it shows a global vision of all those factors that intervene in a process for the reuse of abandoned buildings, from the empty space mapping process and existing citizens demand, to issues related to governance, legal frameworks or the monitoring of the management. On the other hand, it affects in a more exhaustive way those specific processes of the space, creating a sequence of analysis of factors that would allow the assessing all those aspects (normative, constructive, environmental, economic, inclusive etc.) that condition the immersion of the building in a new Lifecycle.

For this instance the methodology is based on the temporal sequence of the processes, divided into 6 blocks: Offer, Demand, Award, Financing, Implementation and Assesment. Despite its global nature, the methodology allows to each section to be applied independently.

Meet the Team

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The Toolbox

The Temporary Reuse Toolkit

The Temporary Reuse Toolkit provides methodology and phases for the reactivation of empty buildings through temporary uses.

The
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Toolkit

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The Participation Toolkit

The Participation Toolkit supports with promoting and facilitating community building through collaboration and equal participation.

The Governance Toolkit

The Governacne Toolkit helps envisioning, planning and governing the commoning processes