Across Europe, the trend of temporary utilisation of spaces is gaining momentum. Empty buildings, vacant plots, and underused areas are increasingly being repurposed for co-creative experimentation, fostering a variety of innovative cultural, social, and entrepreneurial endeavors. These initiatives often play a crucial role in creating shared public value and revitalising the social, cultural, and economic dynamics of urban areas, stimulating more flexible and agile approaches to urban development and ensuring long-term impact, as proved by their strategic adoption in urban regeneration projects.
Nevertheless, temporary uses often encounter significant obstacles, particularly when they originate from civil society organizations and grassroots movements.
- OUR AIM -
IMPETUS addresses the policy issues at stake for the activation of temporary uses as a tool for integrated sustainable urban development (ISUD) strategies.
IMPETUS aims to improve the way cities and regions design policies for sustainable development plans, taking into account temporary uses for abandoned or underutilised spaces to be regenerated.
- OUR METHOD -
IMPETUS partners will share and learn from different policies by collecting and discussing good practices and linking them with relevant experiences and models of other regional actors, in order to improve the policy instrument identified by each of them and to stimulate the adoption of temporary uses as a key approach to support just transition at both local and European level.
- WHO WE ARE -
Our partnership brings together local and regional authorities, their associations and development agencies from Italy, Spain, France, Poland, Romania and Latvia.