This case study library compiles existing writing on meanwhile use through the generous support of the writers. We welcome submissions from a broad range of writers on the topic of meanwhile use. This can be a link to a resource published elsewhere and / or a case study to be profiled on the Meanwhile Foundation website. 

This collection shares stories, reports, articles and case studies already published elsewhere and Meanwhile Foundation is not quality reviewing or endorsing these projects in any further way. 

We hope by making these case studies available we can support greater participation in meanwhile use through sharing best practice and precedents to people or organisations that own or want to see vacant property put to use. We also hope it will inspire better quality meanwhile use projects with enhanced social impacts. 

You can browse the resources in date order below or alternatively choose a category of interest on the left hand side of this page. If you would like to become a contributor, please click here.

High Street Croydon

23 September 2019
Temporary pedestrianisation of Croydon High Street for future permanent intervention and test site for civic activities

College Square, Croydon

13 September 2019
A new civic space, facilitating pedestrian permeability, in collaboration with Central Saint Martins

Croydon Arts Store

30 August 2019
The old Grange furniture store in the Whitgift Centre, Croydon transformed into an arts and cultural venue

Meanwhile use in Wales: Summary and guidance from CREW

15 August 2019
A report summarising the context, background, potential benefits and challenges of meanwhile use in Wales

London’s traditional markets: managing change and conflict in complex urban spaces

30 July 2019

With the continual change in the everyday life and operation of London's traditional markets, this research explores the dynamic relationship between market use, management, and physicality, in order to understand these complex urban public spaces, and how practices of market management can help to enhance and safeguard the diversity of London's markets as public places of social experience and meaning. The theoretical research consisted of a review of the academic literature on public space and traditional markets using a multi-dimensional, and inter-disciplinary approach, and the empirical research involved both a typological analysis of the traditional markets in inner London’s 13 boroughs, and then an in-depth case study investigation of two of these historic inner London markets. This was undertaken to answer the research question of how to ensure the social vitality of inner London's traditional markets, and respond to the challenges, tensions and opportunities presented in these complex inner city environments. 

Meanwhile Space - 10 years in Practice

23 July 2019
A review of empirical evidence that Meanwhile Space has accumulated during their ten years enabling temporary use of vacant spaces in the UK

Meanwhile strategies from the REFILL project

18 July 2019
REuse of vacant spaces as driving Force for Innovation on Local Level

Container City [Copenhagen, Denmark]

17 July 2019

Project status: ended

Espai Germanetes [Barcelona, Spain]

17 July 2019

Project status: active

A (long) reading list on meanwhile use

16 July 2019

Books and reports

ZUS - Zones Urbaines Sensibles [Rotterdam, Netherlands]

16 July 2019

Project status: active, evolving

Vacant to vibrant. Creating successful green infrastructure networks.

1 April 2019
Sandra Albro offers practical insights from the Vacant to Vibrant project, which piloted the creation of green infrastructure networks.
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