We've all seen them - derelict buildings and empty spaces blighting our towns and cities, threatening economic competiveness, communities' sense of worth and wellbeing and making places look rundown and uncared for. We wanted to turn this around and show how abandoned places can become catalysts for transformation and change instead of harbingers of doom and decay.

SEEDS Visions

SEEDS' Vision

We wanted to show there was an urgent need for revised policies and robust EU steer, that developing skills and prospects would increase the likelihood of growth, and that temporary use could benefit landowners and developers rather than hinder them. For that we needed hard proof that innovative, short term land-use strategies were the way forward.

SEEDS Ojectives

SEEDS' Objectives

We wanted a legacy that incorporated a range of re-use recommendations endorsed by a Re-use Charter, and supported by a pan-European Forum incorporating dynamic partnerships between advocates who would lobby for new co-ordinated spatial planning policies and frameworks; and ensure short term re-use becomes an important and accepted aspect of long term planning, development and local economic growth.


1. Changing Mindsets

  • Challenge:

    The need to alter the perception of temporary uses from stand-alone, stop-gap measures to initiatives that have an important role in shaping the long term development of cities.

  • Conclusion:

    Temporary use must be recognised as an innovative and dynamic catalyst for physical, social and economic transformation and encourage consistent policy approach across all geographical scales.

2. Organisational Framework

  • Challenge:

    Changing the culture at the organisations involved in spatial planning. It takes a long time to adjust internal frameworks and people to changing conditions.

  • Conclusion:

    Suitable transnational spatial planning policies on land re-use are needed. Put into place they will lead to innovations big and small.

3. Innovation, Transformation

  • Challenge:

    It needs a strong group of committed initiators and lot of work behind the scenes, and there needs to be a balance between responsibility, ownership and control.

  • Conclusion:

    Temporary use can be a valuable tool when renewing towns and cities, introducing new uses and meanings that can have profound, positive long term effects. It can bring people together, support new skills and small enterprises and it can create ownership locally.

4. People and Partnerships

  • Challenge:

    Temporary use is not the first option for owners and landlords. They prefer constructional renewals, fearing artists and social organisations do not contribute to the recovery of the neighbourhood and the local area.

  • Conclusion:

    Member states and regions have their own governance models, and while there is no one Best Practice, there is one basic principle for every attempt to co-operate: partnerships. These can only be based on, and thrive through, trust - a most important precondition for fruitful co-operation.


'With teamwork, any little contribution you make yields greater output when it meets the contribution of others, and guess who gets the plus? Everyone in the team!'

- Israelmore Ayivor

'When you do something with a lot of honesty, appetite and commitment, the input is reflected in the output.'

- AR Rahman

EU Re-Use Charter

We believe that temporary use and re-use of abandoned land and buildings can help create dynamic and resilient places in and around our towns and cities. Through this Charter we will promote such uses as an integrated part of both short and long term planning to help bring landscapes and urban areas back to life.

Transnational Forum


'Extending beyond the boundaries, interests, etc, of a single nation'


'A meeting or assembly for the open discussion of subjects of public interest; a pressure group of leaders or representatives'

– Collins English dictionary

  • Assen
  • CADS
  • Catalyze
  • City of Goteborg
  • Creative Roots
  • Defacto
  • Ebdd
  • Fastighetsagare i Gamlestaden
  • Gap Filler
  • Givrum
  • Grioningen
  • Intergreat-plus
  • Lawaetz-stiftung
  • Maap
  • Meanwhile Space
  • Renew Brighton
  • Renew
  • RGA
  • Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trusts
  • Sheffield City Council
  • South Yorkshire Forest
  • Temp Architecture
  • The Island
  • The Land Trust
  • University of Copehagen
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Sheffield
  • Urban Pollinators
  • Urban Wilderness
  • VLM
  • Zwischenzeitzentrale-Bremen


  • South Yorkshire Forest
  • Sheffield City Council
  • City of Goteborg
  • Deltares
  • Lawaetz-stiftung
  • RGA
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Copehagen
  • VLM


South Yorkshire Forest Partnership/ Sheffield City Council (UK)

Sara Parratt-Halbert

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