We are an urban regeneration project whose main purpose is to support the creative industry and socially responsible businesses in creating sustainable alternative development projects to reactivate unused spaces in the city.
We believe in the power of collaborative effort and intelligent solutions that can improve the quality of urban life in the city.
We promote and support local best practice solutions, through which unused spaces can be sustainably reactivated on three levels urban significance economic, cultural and social.
We are a bundle of people with initiatives, projects, ideas and services true to the motto: by the community for the community.
People meet in CALUP!
The initiative emerged in 2012, from the need of an interdisciplinary group to find a common space for daily activities, cultural and collective events. In this search we discovered a significant number of unused spaces, absent from the map of city activities. To draw attention to their potential, we started CALUP for developing solutions to reuse vacant buildings, working with local challenges in the current economic context.
Projects like Dark Matters, Antumbra or Paralel Worlds are some of the initiatives that have relied on the potential reuse of existing structures. By promoting pop-up activities, we have reinstated unused historic buildings, highlighting their economic and cultural potential.
Discovering in vacant spaces a resource with significant potential for improving the quality of urban life, we started collecting information on their number, location and legal situation. In May 2015 calup.ro beta platform was launched, which allows collaborative listing of unused spaces in Bucharest in the form of an online database. Its purpose is to facilitate their reactivation through innovative projects and ideas, which highlight both their importance for local communities and their potential role in the sustainable development of the city.
Calup is an urban regeneration project.
Our goal is to re-integrate valuable inactive spaces within the city’s cultural and economic circuit. The platform aims to bring together space owners, projects, creative professionals and the wider public and together grow the quality of our urban life.