Independent Creative Space

Social economy project for transforming abandoned public buildings into sharing workspaces

http://espaciocreativo.colaborativa.eu/

The Independent Creative Space is a social economy project that we are promoting in Cordoba for recovering publicly owned buildings into sharing work spaces for the creative and cultural industry.

Recovering abandoned publicly owned buildings

This project began in 2010 after finding a great amount of abandoned publicly owned buildings in our city, which due to various reasons could not find the economic funds required for their maintenance. As each day goes by with these buildings remaining closed, their recovery becomes even harder in the future.

We researched different uses for their recovery allowing the building restoration with no public funds and generating a collective benefit. We also believed in actions driving the economic activities that are based on creativity, shared management and good quality jobs.

New economic model based on the local talent

The Independent Creative Space offers shared work spaces at an affordable price, with sharing resources and a continuous cultural and training programming. Thus we want to increase the key role of creative/cultural industries in Cordoba’s productive model and we believe in an economic model based on supporting local talent.

Throughout the project’s life we have known many national and international initiatives with vast experience in the management of this kind of spaces. We also had the opportunity to visit some of them in person and learn from their experience. You can find more information about these initiatives in the story of the project.

10 Ideas for an Independent Creative Space in Cordoba

In may 2010, we decided to publish a document called “10 Ideas for an Independent Creative Space in Cordoba” summarizing our project’s goals. This dossier breaks down the social, cultural and economic objectives that we want to achieved through the recovering of abandoned publicly owned buildings into shared workspaces. The local public administration did not show much interest in spite of the more than 15000 downloads that has had from its publication.

Here you can find link to the document “10 Ideas for an Independent Creative Space in Cordoba”

The Independent Creative Space in the Pergola

We presented our Independent Creative Space’s project to the competition for the management of Pérgola de los Jardines Duque de Rivas in Cordoba. This competition was announced by the City Planning Office in march 2011. We applied for the completion together with Zum creativos, who contacted us about the project and wanted to help us in making it real. We also had the technical assistance of DCabo consultores for the project’s economic proposal. The project was supported by numerous national and international organizations, and by many creative and cultural companies of our city.

Two years later and spite that our proposal was the only one meeting all the requirements for the first stage of the competition, the City Planning Office has not yet ruled the competition. However, we keep working in proposals allowing the recovering of public patrimony from colaborativa.eu. In february 2013, we published #DisponibleEnCórdoba, a web application cataloging abandoned public patrimony of our city.

The story of Independent Creative Space through our articles, news and a selection of references in the media.

Proponen el desarrollo de un espacio para creativos

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“Colaborativa presentó ayer en la Cámara de Comercio la iniciativa 10 ideas para un Espacio Creativo Independiente, en la que proponen la cesión de un edificio público para alquilarlo a los emprendedores y donde también se ofrecerían actividades culturales”

Toronto here we go!

We are travelling to the creativity city for visiting some of reference places of the Independent Creative Space

The Hub, Madrid

First place in Spain of the international innovation centre iniciative

Back from Toronto

First thoughts about our trip to the most important canadian creative city

Target: Pergola!

The Pergola competition, an opportunity for the Creative Space

Cerrado por silencio administrativo

Noticia en El día de Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“…dado que el Ayuntamiento lleva ocho meses sin comunicar si aceptan o no el proyecto, intentarán buscar un edificio privado que esté vacío y cuyo propietario esté interesado en una revalorización de la propiedad a medio plazo para instalar el proyecto, que se desarrollaría sin coste para el Ayuntamiento”

Cuna de la creación rentable

Noticia en Diario ABC Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“Todo dependerá, insistió, de que la Gerencia Municipal de Urbanismo resuelva el concurso público, al que se presentaron varias iniciativas pero de las que sólo el Espacio Creativo Independiente cumplía todas las condiciones. La espera, recordaron, ya es de ocho meses”

La gestión cultural de La Pérgola, estancada desde hace meses

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“…cuyos responsables continúan sin tener noticias sobre la resolución. Por su parte, Luis Martín, presidente de la Gerencia de Urbanismo, aseguró ayer a este periódico que su intención es reunirse con los responsables del proyecto en quince o veinte días…”

Programación, espacios para el trabajo e innovación, las claves

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“…apoyar el emprendimiento creativo y cultural ofreciendo espacios adecuados para la industria creativa y promover la innovación social para la búsqueda de soluciones innovadoras a los retos actuales de nuestra sociedad”

La Caraba ¿Por qué estamos como estamos?

Noticia en Cordópolis. Ir a la web externa

“…tras el enorme esfuerzo realizado y un año y medio después de iniciarse el proceso, aún no han recibido ninguna comunicación por parte del Ayuntamiento, ni de resolución, ni de anulación, ni de ningún otro tipo…”

El Ayuntamiento ultima los trámites para la reapertura de la Pérgola

Noticia en Diario ABC Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“…un año y medio después de iniciarse el proceso, aún no han recibido ninguna comunicación por parte del Ayuntamiento, ni de resolución, ni de anulación, ni de ningún otro tipo…”

La Pérgola lleva cuatro años cerrada y con un futuro por definir

Noticia en Diario Córdoba. Ir a la web externa

“…Nieto indicó que la Pérgola tiene una fisonomía especial y crítica y piensa que el mercado de La Victoria será útil para dinamizar el uso de la misma…”

Dossier 10 Ideas

Presenting 10 Ideas

Colaborativa in Toronto

Creative Space in the Pergola!

Sharing workspaces for the creative industry

Dossier 10 Ideas · At the beginning of 2010 we published our research about how to recover publicly owned buildings into sharing workspaces. · Colaborativa 2010 CC BY 3.0

Presenting 10 Ideas · In may 2010 we openly presented our research in the Chamber of Commerce of Cordoba. · Colaborativa 2010 CC BY 3.0

Colaborativa in Toronto · We travelled to Toronto to study some the shared workspaces initiatives with vast experience in their management. In the picture, we are with Erin Mackenn in Richmond 401. · Colaborativa 2010 CC BY 3.0

Creative Space in the Pergola! · We presented our Independent Creative Space's project to the competition for the management of Pérgola de los Jardines Duque de Rivas in Cordoba. This building is abandoned from 2008. · Colaborativa 2010 CC BY 3.0

Sharing workspaces for the creative industry · Our proposal has a cultural space, coffee shop, 10 closed offices, 18 hot-dest and prices are from 45€/month. · Colaborativa 2010 CC BY 3.0