Leerstand – About altering spaces, addressing issues, implementing actions

Vorschlag zur Leerstandsbildung in Zürich – Proposition of forming Vacancy in Zurich

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Zurich doesn’t know the fact of “Leerstand”. As part of research purposes, circumstances and handling of Vacancy will be proposed to the city.

Medienmitteilung Wohnungsleerstand Zürich 2009 (press communique in German)

First of all, possible sites for temporary vacancies will be documented. Therefore, the focus will be on public places – the vacancies should be visible and accessible spaces, to underline the need of this project. Furthermore, the main focus will be set on transition places as underpasses, backyards, passages, Bus-/Tram stations. These locations offer ideal conditions to create an enclosed space, by supplementing building components (walls, etc.) – an important premise to construct vacancies.

While the representative offers the closures of these places for a certain time, they will be declared to vacancies.

Passage in Zurich, 2010

Passage in Zurich, 2010

Written by newpopp

January 26, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Community, Leerstand, Zurich

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  1. In order to prepare for an installation in the town of Cumbernauld, Scotland I recently read the book ‘Cities That Are Not Cities’ by Thomas Sieverts. A passage that seems relevant to your vacancy project states: Empty spaces are necessary in order to develop the capacities which make man into a cultural being..opening up, adding, interpreting, projecting, remembering.
    These empty spaces become a new kind of wilderness.

    Lily Rossebo

    February 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm

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