The REFILL network involves partners from Amersfoort, Athens, Bremen, Cluj, Ghent, Helsinki, Nantes, Ostrava, Poznan and Riga.

The network wants to identify instruments that ensure long-term effects of temporality and to explore how the dynamics of/in temporary use can leave a permanent mark in our cities. Our partnership in this regard is very inspiring, as shown by these examples:

Lazarz’s Open Zone for Culture, a project of regeneration to create a cultural district and improve the quality of public spaces in Poznań (Poland).

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A map-based internet tool developed by the City of Riga (Latvia)where people can signal degraded property and vote for the reconstruction of it.

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CoolTour, a launchpad for young local artists. Cooltour is hosted on a temporary basis by the City of Ostrava (Czech Republic) in a former meeting centre.

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SAMOA, the agency for the redevelopment of the Isle of Nantes (France), runs Les Badauds Associés which settled in the dismissed Aire 38 warehouse and qualifies as a “hors lieu”, a non-place that is working as a living lab.

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Sompasauna, an activist initiative hosting a free self-service sauna built and maintained by a group of volunteers and by the users themselves as a way to reclaim public space for citizens in Helsinki (Finland) .

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One of the first temporary use initiatives by The City of Ghent (Belgium) called De Site, an old industrial waste platform converted in a lively meeting place with 80 city gardens, an open-air cinema, a football field, a kids farm, etc.

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The local taxes policy for temporary use introduced by the City of Cluj-Napoca (Romania). It serves as a basis for encouraging temporary use and regulates various ways usage, furniture placement, constructions and installations in the public area.

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The municipal kiosk of SynAthina from Athens (Greece) rooting the social innovation network into a symbolic and central location in the city.

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The ZZZ agency from Bremen (Germany) and one of its latest projects, called Villa Wohnlich, seeking new ideas of working and living. It intends to connect part time, full time and temporary users with different cultural backgrounds and in different institutions.

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The City of Amersfoort and its Business District network of owners of office buildings. The City is acting as a mediator to connect project developers and real estate managers to initiatives of temporary use.

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