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Mapping physical assets

Within the social economy, especially amongst artists, entrepreneurs and community groups, there is a long tradition of taking advantage of empty, abandoned or derelict buildings and spaces. Mapping exercises can be employed to take stock of the local area, identifying empty spaces and opportunities for re-use. In Croatia, for example, Platforma 9.18 mapped out what remained of the built landscape of Zagreb after the Yugoslavian civil war of the 1990s. They mapped an extensive diagram of abandoned factories, offices and scraps of land, which they suggested could be used for cultural events. In the UK, the website Report Empty Homes, sponsored by the Empty Homes Agency, allows citizens to report empty properties around the UK.