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Nomad MAnagement of Urban Development. The complex value of temporary communities

Project description

Redefining ‘empty’ spaces in European cities

European cities face a wasteful dilemma: vast, vacant spaces juxtaposed against shifting trends favouring flexible urban living. Empty city spaces represent untapped potential and squandering of valuable resources. But as flexible living gains traction and the urban landscapes evolve, there is a rise of urban nomads, individuals embracing transient living and working arrangements. Urban nomads represent a burgeoning community embracing transience. Yet, despite their role in regeneration, their urban values remain enigmatic. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the NOMAD project aims to highlight their impact through pioneering cases like Stad in de Maak and Communa. A cross-disciplinary approach, mobile workshops and multimedia mapping are employed to reveal the hidden potential of these dynamic urban shifts.


Empty and vacant spaces constitute a significant waste of resources in European cities. At the same time, ways of inhabiting cities are changing and becoming more flexible. In this context, urban nomads are people who experiment with temporary ways of living and working, inhabit places for a short period of time and eventually have to move.
The research “NOMAD - NOmad MAnagement of urban Development. The value of temporary communities” intends to explore and operationalise the urban values produced by temporary uses.
Currently, local communities' well-being is increasingly promoted by European policies and the New European Bauhaus. Temporary uses are realized by different kinds of urban communities in urban regeneration processes.
But, although they generate urban values, the values they produce for urban development are still not evident.
The main objectives of the research are to identify the urban values of temporary communities and to boost temporary reuse practices through a value-driven approach.
For this purpose, NOMAD will focus on the significant experience of two pioneer cases Stad in de Maak in Rotterdam and Communa in Brussels.
The research will follow a cross-disciplinary approach to get the Nomadic Urban Values (NUV) generated by the temporary uses, by changing the urban atmosphere and the urban ecosystem services. The field research and workshops will be conducted in a van, both for the field research, and for the dissemination.
The research will consist of two phases. The first phase includes the NUV monitor and map, collecting people's perceptions, sounds, images and statistical information, that will be analysed and collected in multimedia maps.
The second phase of the research will involve the NOMAD catalogue and platform, collecting nomadic practices in a catalogue of temporary reuse alternatives, and a platform with multimedia maps and results to facilitate different stakeholders in temporary use planning.


Net EU contribution
€ 187 624,32
2628 CN Delft

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West-Nederland Zuid-Holland Delft en Westland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
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