An article written by Willemijn de Boer, owner of ANNA Vastgoed en Cultuur, and Jeroen Laven, partner at STIPO. An empty building is a lifeless place in the city and has a negative effect on the surrounding area. Without human energy and creativity, these locations do not fruitfully contribute to the community. Good plinths, as the most visible part of the building, should be a priority to really contribute to the overall experience of the street. If done well and with the right partners, managing vacancy through temporary use is a strategic way to bring the right function to the right space. But what is vacancy management and how does it work?
“There is no reason to design a building for a project: the process of putting the building into use is the project. Within such a context, how can an independent artist, designer, performer, researcher, or scientist use a vacant space? A building consists of different aspects. (…) The context creates an environment where people, visions, and manifestations connect, even if at first sight they had nothing in common.”