Implementation of meanwhile uses - Enabling synergies for urban development

Projektor, Dortmund, 11.12.2023

Municipalities can be more active in revitalizing and utilizing vacant spaces. However, the organization of meanwhile uses is still primarily an organizational and legal challenge that requires capacity and commitment in many cities. In the workshop Implementation of meanwhile uses – Enabling synergies for urban development we will discuss the possibilities and challenges of implementing meanwhile uses in Dortmund and share possible recommendations for action and policy together with experts.

Workshop program

Monday, December 11, 2023. The Projektor, Westenhellweg 136, 44137 Dortmund, Germany.

12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

_Welcome and introduction, Jürgen Schultze and Alejandra Castro, Social Research Center TU Dortmund and Eva Wascher, Dortmund Economic Development Agency.

_Experiences from Europe: Which cities support temporary uses particularly well and how? Dr. Robin Chang, research assistant at the Chair of Planning Theory and Urban Development, RWTH Aachen University.

_Experiences from Germany: Which municipalities support temporary uses particularly well and how? Stephanie Haury, project manager at the Federal Institute for Building, Urban and Spatial Research (BBSR) in the RS 2 “Urban Development” department.

_Experiences from Dortmund: Projects by the urbanists, Svenja Noltemeyer, the urbanists and the Speicherstrasse harbor district, Arne van den Brink, Dortmund economic development agency
German Interim Use Network, Oliver Hasemann, ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen.

_Discussion in thematic groups

  • Table 1: Policy recommendations for Europe
  • Table 2: German interim use network.
  • Table 3: interim uses in Dortmund.


The workshop takes place as part of the final event series “T-Factor Roadshows”.  The results of the roadshow workshops will be incorporated into the T-Factor policy paper and will be presented on the public platform T-Factor Hub and at a final conference in Brussels in spring 2024. 

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