TUTUR – Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration // URBACT Final Report

The concept of vacant space is ample and goes from the land use to the function of building, from the city fabric to the edifice and its indoor spaces. Indeed, TUTUR was dedicated to investigate and make operational practices of Temporary Uses; they exist and develop just in symbiosis with the existence of vacant spaces. This is the Final report for the URBACT TRANSFER PILOT project where I contributed as a Thematic Expert.

In this report, we look at the experience done in TUTUR paying attention to the following aspects:

  • The contribution of the project to the current state of art of Temporary Uses in Europe. The ways we succeeded in transferring information and creating knowledge related to Temporary Uses among the partnership.
  • The meaning and role of Temporary Uses in contemporary urbanism.

Urban voids, urban bugs, brownfields, abandoned buildings/places, antispace, non-lieu are different names, with different nuances, highlighting the “negative film” of the city. Temporary uses work with these “city scraps” in order to make them a resource. TUTUR experimented through a proper methodology, supported by the URBACT one, in three cities innovative and effective ways of introducing practices of temporary uses within public administrations. To make operational and sustainable the recycling of spaces in the cities through design of proper urban policies dedicated to temporary uses as means for urban regeneration. As stated in the TUTUR baseline report, nowadays, investors, projects developers, landowners, development agencies (public and/or private), municipalities get the value of these practices. They start to see how these “in between spaces” are drivers of local rooted processes, and how these processes have a high degree of manifold sustainability.

Download the final report here.