Bremen initiated in 2009 a temporary use agency for the whole city of Bremen. After having a kind of pilot project for a limited time in the place of the old harbour site, the city of Bremen decided to apply with the idea of a temporary use agency for the whole city for a national programme of the Ministry of Transport, Construction and City Development. The proposed aims for the project were to re-develop deprived neighbourhood, to reduce running costs of public vacancy and to support local entrepreneurship, e.g. creative class.
Mainstreaming: establishing agency
The temporary use agency ZZZ (ZwischenZeitZentrale Bremen) is responsible to support, to initiate and to take care of temporary use projects all over Bremen. These projects can be varied from economic to social and cultural projects and from short-term events to long term uses with a perspective to endure in a regular use. It is implemented by a private company (the AAA GmbH) with one and half persons and a budget of 560 000 € for four years including a budget to support temporary use projects. The ZZZ is financed by the Senator resorts of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports, Sustainability, City Development and Transportation and Finances. A steering group of these three departments is counselling the work all four weeks with meetings.
In its work over the past eight years, the ZZZ has been established as a supporter for cultural, social and economic activities in the whole city. The direct contact between the ZZZ and the users had been crucial to get in touch, while the understanding and translation towards property owners and administration had been needed to get both together.
In its work the ZZZ had in particular been supporting part-time start-up business and giving incentives to deprived neighbourhoods that had been outside public perception.
One of the success factors of the ZZZ is its steering group with members of different departments of the city administration. In this group, open questions are discussed, aims of the ZZZ are determined and public support by the administration is organized.