SEEDS (Stimulating Enterprising Environments for Development and Sustainability) has been a two-year pilot programme, funded to the tune of several million euros by the European Union, to explore interim-use possibilities on temporarily vacant sites and in empty buildings. There were pilot projects in six different European countries. You can read about them and a whole lot more on their website here.
Gap Filler’s Ryan Reynolds was the keynote speaker at the culminating conference held on 15th April in Sheffield, UK, where everyone was reporting back on their findings.
As part of this event, Gap Filler helped draft a Charter on temporary use. This charter was formally signed at the end of the conference (as in, one at a time, on stage, in a full auditorium, photographed, with each organisation’s name projected on the screen behind). It’s a pretty good document about the benefits of temporary projects and their relationship to longer-term planning. Spread the word; they’re still accepting new signatories until the end of May. The more organisations that sign, the more influence it might have.
View the SEEDS Charter here.