Uses for Vacant Space

Temporary use can provide activity and interest for sites that are not ripe for redevelopment. It can also catalyze the “creative economy” by providing short-term space for entrepreneurial start-up businesses and laboratories for art, culture, environmental efforts, and civic society.

The following examples are a small sampling of temporary use projects from Portland, throughout the U.S. and around world-wide.


Swing Space
New York, New York


Pop Up City
Cleveland, OH


City Mine(d)
Brussels, Barcelona & London

Organizations that Support Temporary Use


illy Push Button House
Portable Structures


Park(ing) Day
Public Spaces and Service


Bed-Stuy Farm
Sustainability and Environment


Chashama
Visual and Performing Arts

Temporary Retail Uses

…And a Huge List of More Project Types!



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