TUTUR – Temporary Use as a Tool for Urban Regeneration

Lead Partner: Rome | Lead Expert: Dr. Pietro Elisei

Duration: 16 Months, 1 December 2013 – 31 March 2014

Funding: URBACT II Transfer Networks

TUTUR Official Website: http://tutur.eu/

Temporary use is a planning tool effectively bringing together various stakeholders: it engages an important number of municipal and private economic development agencies and property owners, as well as cultural organisations, to elaborate potential uses of existing infrastructure and resources. In the meanwhile, architects (and landscape architects, designers) also play a key role in the development of models for interim use and in the establishment of temporary spatial possibilities. Transforming empty properties to allow them adopt new uses offers advantages to all: owners profit with the renovation and preservation of the building, users access affordable work and living spaces, residents enjoy their revitalised neighbourhoods, merchants benefit increasing traffic and sales, and the design professions gain new work opportunities and expanded professional perspectives. The objective of the TUTUR project is to introduce the method of temporary use in urban regeneration to cities participating in the network.

Project partners

Rome (IT)

The planning department of the City of Rome is Lead Partner of the project given the great importance of urban regeneration for the future development strategy of the city. Many public areas and buildings in the city are currently being decommissioned by their former occupiers and managers. There are in fact a wide range of publicly owned spaces, such as military areas, barracks, cinemas, railway properties, but also many private owned spaces such as residential and industrial.

Alba Iulia (RO)

The City of Alba Iulia is undergoing a series of great urban regeneration projects both in the Citadel and the surrounding neighbourhoods, reason why there is great interest in testing temporary uses in many abandoned buildings in the city. Some of these spaces have been given to various actors from different fields of activity, NGOs, Economic Agents, etc., which now rehabilitated them to be used for professional purposes.

Bremen (DE)

In 2009 the city of Bremen came up with the idea of a temporary use agency for the whole city as a pilot project of the Nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik, a program of the Federal Ministry of Building. The pilot project in Bremen was supported by partners from various official bodies: the board of economy as leading partner, the department of building and traffic, the department of finances and, very important, the department of public property management. This way the ZwischenZeitZentrale was established.

Budapest (HU)

Budapest is part of the TUTUR Observatory Board as it has suffered more from the economic crises than many other European cities. The recession, combined with many building types becoming obsolete and no longer able to respond to contemporary needs, as well as with the inflexible management of real estate properties by various kinds of owners has emptied a significant proportion of the city from its previous functions and use.

Graz (AT)

In 2010 Graz ́ government decided to develop a little district in the City center with many empty and neglected spaces. As the area was in the very center of the City to find a solution was of great importance furthermore it should be represent a pilot project for the planned refurbishment of the quite larger Annenstraße, the street connecting the railway station to the main square.

Kavala (GR)

The Municipality of Kavala is situated at the north-most part of Greece and it is a costal area. The primary sector is considerably developed, compared to the national average and is linked to the secondary sector. The primary sector is represented by agriculture and forestry: cultivation of intensive crops, such as vegetables,vineyards, tobacco, potatoes, cotton, fruits, as well as cereals. In Kavala fishing industry is developed as well. There is a developed secondary sector in the area.