Creative with vacancy

Vacancy is a well-known problem in the world. Also in our Dutch society we see al lot of empty stores, buildings and houses. The politics doesn’t know what to do with it and the people don’t know either. The cost to break down all these vacancies is too high so there has to be another solution. And there is, de- contextualisation is a trend that is the remedy to this problem.


What is decontextulisation?

De- contextualisation is a trend that exudes value and perception . De-contextualisation is when certain areas or places are getting an other purpose than what people are used to when thinking about them. You can think of abondaned churches where weekly parties are given or old industrial areas where a wellness center is built. Mayoral candidate Nathalie Koziuscot – Morizet thought about these vancancies and created a solution for the abandoned subway stations in Paris. Instead of letting the stations empty she makes the empty space into places where people can go to eat, dance, watch a play and exercise.


By creating a swimming pool, party areas or a place where exhibitions can be held all these stations can be used again. It is a creative way to solve vacancies and people have a need for this way of creativity. They want to be removed from their everyday lives and learn new things. Add an experience to the concept has become an essential component for companies.
Vacant and abandoned areas have a history and stories that may not perish . Beyond that, the use of vacant space is also good for the economy and the environment. It isn’t necessary anymore to get rid of land to place new buildings and there are no costs if you just leave the buildings and use them for other purpose. This is ideal!