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Temporary Uses of Urban Brownfields for Creative Activities in a Post-Socialist City. Case Study: Timișoara (Romania)

Department of Geography, Faculty of Chemistry, Biology and Geography, West University of Timișoara, 4 Bd. Vasile Pârvan, 300223 Timișoara, Romania
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Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 8095; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198095
Received: 28 August 2020 / Revised: 22 September 2020 / Accepted: 28 September 2020 / Published: 1 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Geography and Sustainability)
The linking (in terms of functional use) of brownfield sites with creative spaces is a frequently encountered phenomenon in western European, post-communist, and industrialized countries in general and is viewed as a way of revitalizing, repurposing, or simply making temporary use of them. It may also be seen in the municipality of Timișoara in Romania, where 12 creative spaces, each involving one or more kinds of functionalities (coworking space, maker space, community space, event space, incubator), are operating on such sites. A content analysis of interviews with those in charge of these 12 creative spaces brought to light, on the one hand, the opportunities represented by the existence of derelict industrial spaces, as represented by their large size, low rents, and innate flexibility, but on the other the reality of a number of long-term constraints on the use of these spaces, given the financial instability of cultural operators, the limited numbers of the public who are interested in creative activities of this kind, and, most seriously, the development pressure exerted by some real-estate developers on derelict industrial spaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: creative spaces; temporary uses; urban brownfields; urban regeneration; Romania creative spaces; temporary uses; urban brownfields; urban regeneration; Romania
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Marian-Potra, A.-C.; Ișfănescu-Ivan, R.; Pavel, S.; Ancuța, C. Temporary Uses of Urban Brownfields for Creative Activities in a Post-Socialist City. Case Study: Timișoara (Romania). Sustainability 2020, 12, 8095. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198095

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Marian-Potra, Alexandra-Camelia; Ișfănescu-Ivan, Ramona; Pavel, Sorin; Ancuța, Cătălina. 2020. "Temporary Uses of Urban Brownfields for Creative Activities in a Post-Socialist City. Case Study: Timișoara (Romania)" Sustainability 12, no. 19: 8095. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12198095

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