Financial models for temp use – casestudy, Leeszaal

This is the first case study from research into financial and business models for temporary use projects. The aim of the research is to help inform two groups: municipalities, property owners and urban designers, to help them commission better temporary use projects; and the temporary tenants themselves, to help them set up and run more sustainable projects. This case study looks at a community-run library in the west of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, called the ‘Leeszaal’. More case studies will follow soon.

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This project is funded by a grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL (Dutch).


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2 Replies to “Financial models for temp use – casestudy, Leeszaal”

  1. First of all, I like the project, self creating and bottom up. A suggestion would be to display your business model not only in financial costs and income but in social and ecological costs and income as well. In my research I made use of the new business model canvas, developed by Jan Jonker of Nijmegen university. This model could give a better overview of all the values created by the project and open up ideas for funding. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more!

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