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Revitalizing a once forgotten past? How the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region can use its industrial DNA to contribute to spatial, economic and tourist development.
This report is written as a Master Thesis for the Master specialization ‘Urban and Cultural Geography’ from the master Human Geography at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Faculty of Management. Furthermore this research is written on behalf of the Arnhem Nijmegen City Region and the Regional Tourist Board (RBT-KAN).
VASIM-factory in the city of Nijmegen: Planned to be a creative centre since 2006. The
former factory was considered to be as important industrial heritage that was destined to
give birth to creative entrepreneurship. According to the first reports, painters, constructors, dancers, thinkers, creators, entrepreneurs and skaters should be given the space to develop themselves. Issues as arts, graphical design, cultural institutions and festivals are mentioned destinations for this redevelopment. The VASIM-factory case shows that redevelopment can be successful in attracting creative industry, funded by an innovative funding system to support economic competitiveness.