A pledge for new collaboration models
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
Finally in June 2014, the city planning office unlocked the competition and we won the management of the building, all the information here It starts a new phase of the project, we will keep informing!
A pledge for new collaboration models
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“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”
We share the slideshow of our presentation at the Chamber of Commerce's event
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Jaime Lerner's example or how can cities be transformed with creativity and low resources
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We are travelling to the creativity city for visiting some of reference places of the Independent Creative Space
Palo Alto's experience and Poble Nou's factory recovery
A small example of creative space from rural Switzerland
First meetings with David Luque, the Culture Local Office, the Capital of Culture Office and the University of Córdoba
Meetings with Jesús Cabello from Regina Museum, Imdeec, Cordoba's political parties and the Social Council of the University of Córdoba
Reciclying industrial spaces in Toronto for artists
Finishing up with the Cordoba City of Culture Foundation, Cordoba's bishopric and City Planning Office
Self-management to convert a public building into a social center
A small iniciative by great vocation
Creativity, talent and culture for an emerging sector in the world's economy
Many services to satisfy all the entrepeneurs needs
Restarting our blog´s activity
First place in Spain of the international innovation centre iniciative
Toronto, Creativity as citizen engine
Going after Jane Jacobs
First thoughts about our trip to the most important canadian creative city
A public english iniciative for urban regeneration through creative entrepreneurship
We have met technical and professional requirements of the Pergola's competition
We attended the Coworking International Conference in Berlin
We are looking for private spaces for the Creative Space
“…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”
“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”
“…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…”
“…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”
“…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…”
“…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…”
“…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…”
Local Administration confirms us that there is no future for the Creative Space in the Pérgola
After paralyzing the competition during three years
Shortly we will be signing the contract for the use and management of La Pérgola