GRÁVALOSDIMONTE, Arquitectura Zaragoza



Temporary Use Toolkit for empty spaces reuse · Vienna University of Applied Arts

The Temporary Use Toolkit developed by Patrizia Di Monte, the gE.Co living lab project partner, will be presented at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. 

The “temporary re-use toolkit is part of a set of tools established by the Generative Commons program, focusing in an exhaustive way on those specific processes of the space, creating a sequence of analysis of factors that allow assessing all those aspects (urban, legal, constructive, environmental, sustainability, economic, etc.) that condition the immersion of #emptybuildings in a new life cycle, #reprogramming the built environment with new uses and a new cycle of life of existing buildings.


The objectives of the T.U.T. are the following:

-Facilitate, both to Public Administrations and to citizens, flexible dynamics that will allow the activation of mechanisms to reincorporate disused spaces in a cycle of new useful life.
– Establish a methodology that allows to have a global vision of all those processes necessary for the temporary reuse of abandoned buildings, mainly destined to the empowerment of the commons.
– Develop specifically those processes related to space and those circumstances necessary to assess the different parameters that allow analyzing their viability and implementation.
– Provide an existing case analysis tool.
– Facilitate the ordering of case studies that can stage the processes in order to be addressed.


The toolkit has a double ambition. On one hand, it shows a global vision of all those factors that intervene in a process for the reuse of abandoned buildings, from the empty space mapping process and existing citizens demand, to issues related to governance, legal frameworks or the monitoring of the management. On the other hand, it affects in a more exhaustive way those specific processes of the space, creating a sequence of analysis of factors that would allow the assessing all those aspects (normative, constructive, environmental, economic, inclusive etc.) that condition the immersion of the building in a new Lifecycle.
For this instance the methodology is based on the temporal sequence of the processes, divided into 6 steps: Offer, Demand, Assigment, Financing, Implementation and Assesment. Despite its global nature, the methodology allows to each section to be applied independently.

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