Access over ownership – a typology of shared space

Rikke Brinkø, Susanne Balslev Nielsen, Juriaan van Meel

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    Purpose – This paper aims to explore shared use of space and facilities as a concept, and present and illustrate the use of a typology to help classify and describe the different options for sharing space and facilities within buildings for optimised use of a building portfolio.
    Design/methodology/approach – The content presented is based on a cross-sectional study with an inductive approach. The results are based partly on secondary data in the form of a literature review and a mapping of 20 examples from Europe, USA and Australia, and partly on primary data from observations and interviews with key actors from two cases in Denmark and an illustration case from Ireland.
    Findings – The typology classifies and describes four archetypes of sharing between different people, building owners and organisations, to be used when discussing, planning, establishing and evaluating new and existing shared spaces.
    Research limitations/implications – The typology is the result of a first exploration of shared use of facilities and does not claim to be fully comprehensive or final.
    Practical implications – The typology is intended for both researchers and practitioners, and aims at increasing the understanding of sharing as a way to minimise the need for building new by better utilisation of the existing building stock.
    Originality/value – Shared space and facilities is a relatively new topic with not much research undertaken. This typology provides a language for discussing shared spaces and a base for further developing the research field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number11/12
    Pages (from-to)736-751
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventCIB Facilities Management Conference 2014: Joint CIB W070, W111 and W118 Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 21 May 201423 May 2014


    ConferenceCIB Facilities Management Conference 2014


    • Sustainable development
    • Facilities management
    • Facility management
    • Property portfolio management
    • Space planning
    • Space utilisation


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