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Urban Catalyst was a European research project on strategies of temporary usage in urban fallow land (2001-2003), which explored potentials of interim use in five European metropolises in cooperation with 11 international partners. The project was initiated by Philipp Oswalt and Klaus Overmeyer and was domiciled at the TU Berlin.

After finishing the EU financed research project, Philipp Oswalt, Klaus Overmeyer and Philipp Misselwitz converted Urban Catalyst (2004-2013) into an interdisciplinary platform for research, projects, public interventions and publications. In 2013, the “Urban Catalyst” (Hg. Oswalt, Overmeyer, Misselwitz) report presented strategies of urban development focusing on interim use.

In 2005, Klaus Overmeyer founded the studio UC / Klaus Overmeyer, originating from the research project. Since 2017 the bureau operates as Urban Catalyst GmbH, led cooperatively by nine shareholders. Further information can be found under urbancatalyst.de.

Philipp Oswalt continues to run his project bureau that he established in 1997. A more detailed look at his work can be found at oswalt.de.

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