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Abandoned spaces? Let’s reuse them!

Empty spaces in our towns are a sort of “urban reserve” where you can experience collective dreams. How is it possible? Sometimes such spaces are saved from decay by reusing them temporarily for residential, cultural, social and entrepreneurial projects. Temporiuso – an association, which aims at charting the existing building heritage and the empty, abandoned or underused public or private spaces – has recently published a manual (Altreconomia ed.) which tells ten years of reusing experiences. The association was born from the initiative of a group of researchers from the Milan Polytechnic. It wants to reactivate such spaces with projects coming from the cultural and artisan sectors or from small enterprises, or by accommodating temporarily and low cost students and tourists.

The manual is a first answer to the social innovation need typical of contemporary towns, aiming at saving an extraordinary historical, architectural and socio-cultural heritage. Millions of buildings and spaces have been empty for years: from barracks to boatyards, from factories to offices, up to houses and shops.

As far as private houses are concerned, reuse problems are still too many to find plausible answers. Other spaces, instead, are more easily reusable and Temporiuso proposes for them a simple 7-step project. It includes the classification of spaces, the mapping of people requests and reuse proposals; a new life cycle with different reuse timings; architecture and primary infrastructures levels to inhabit again buildings left abandoned or unfinished for long; access and sharing rules; public policies to consolidate and renew such practices (www.temporiuso.org).

Abandoned spaces? Let’s reuse them!

A biodynamic life
by Giuliana Zoppis

Abandoned spaces? Let’s reuse them!

News, events, products and services for an innovative and conscious lifestyle:
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This is the section led by Giuliana Zoppis, architect, journalist and expert of ecodesign, biobuilding and socio-environmental sustainability. In 2006, together with Clara Mantica , she founded Best Up the first chain for promoting the sustainable living.