Several long-term urban transformation projects launched in the last decades have suffered a sharp deceleration following the economic crisis of 2008. The crisis has also affected the urban planning field, almost completely outshining the decision-making power of public authorities already suffering from impacts of the neoliberal approach and the cuts of financial resources. Vacancies make up one of the main legacies of this period. The paper presents and discusses the Dublin experience, that shows a new approach to regulate and control vacancy. In a neoliberal scenario, the tools to manage and trigger the use of the vacant spaces, along other policies, have been innovative developing temporary uses.
Keywords: Financial crisis; urban vacancy; neoliberalism