An automatic updating vacancy map
The problem of vacant office space has been nationally addressed, but empty offices in the city's outskirts didn’t effect public life that much. When an inventory of vacant and possible vacant monuments showed over forty objects, a historical city centre like Maastricht had to take measurements beyond the single solution on building level.
Vacancy maps had been produced before, but appeared unworkable and unreliable. On the other hand the visualization proved accessible and communicated the quantity of the problem well. The MLAB worked for several months to make the data dependable by using multiple sources, to streamline open data smartly so the map periodically updates automatically and make it online accessible.
Strategically there is still a way to go. Everything is linked to the map, including property value, how long the building has been vacant, ownership, status, land-use etc. All that data has been available, but censored and for sale. The impact on the market is still unclear. The next question is how to adapt policy. Can a municipality prioritize on location, cultural and economical value? A clash between private and public interests has to be played out.
team: Maastricht-LAB with Charles Slierendrecht, Camiel de Bruijn, Paul Dorenbosch
partners: Frank Strolenberg, Rijksdienst Cultureelerfgoed
status: further development