Temporary Use can be an efficient tool for municipalities to redevelop abandoned, hard to develop areas and revitalize run down neighbourhoods. Hlubina, a huge abandoned coal mining and iron production industrial site in Ostrava (Czech Republic), a valuable industrial heritage site right next to the city centre, was standing empty for years while the ownerContinue reading Temporary Use for maintaining and revitalizing degraded streets and neighbourhoods
The City of Ghent turned to temporary use for planning and co-creating lively and engaging public spaces. The City bought for example a bankrupt workshop area in a densely populated neighborhood of Ledeberg to plan and develop a green, public meeting place for local people. During the planning process city opened the area to inabitants’Continue reading Temporary Use as a planning tool for more successful public spaces
Temporary Use projects are often successful in prototyping services that respond to community needs, as well as in adapting to the ever changing trends in technology, work-organization and society quicker than municipalities can. Additionally, Temporary Use can offer a way for municipalities to pool public and private resources in order to create social services. ParticularlyContinue reading Temporary Use creating social services
Since May, the old city library building at Ghent Zuid has been opened up to temporary users.
On Sunday, September 10th 2017, many of Ghent’s heritage sites are open to the public as part of Open Monumentendag (Open Monument Day).
Eight o’clock: people crowd in front of the entrance to De Centrale. Inside it’s full: a long line of people waits in front of the counters to have their places assigned. A concert? A show? Not at all. Tonight, some 300 people came to participate in a match-making organized by the city of Ghent. TheContinue reading Bibmarkt match-making