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Company: Colored Fields GmbH


0341 4980222



Spinnereistraße 7, 04179




About Spinnerei

The Spinnerei cotton mill (Baumwollspinnerei) is located in Germany, in an industrial neighbourhood of Leipzig. Since the beginning of its transformation, the cotton mill has been used for artistic and cultural activities. In fact, different events, open-air cinema, workshops and exhibitions are organised today.

It's a vivid urban space of the city, where students, workers, professors, artists and tourists live together in this heterogeneous place. It hosts several companies, business incubators and non-profit bodies, which contribute to creating an international, challenging and innovative place.

Publications: Scaffidi F (2021) Social Innovation in Productive Assets Redevelopment: Insights from the Urban Development Scene. Springer Nature Switzerland, Systems and Technologies, vol. 178, pp. 1003-1011.

ISBN 978-3-030-48278-7

Scaffidi F (2019) Il riciclo socialmente innovativo come attivatore di sviluppo urbano e regionale. I brownfield come contesto di analisi e azione. PhD Thesis. Palermo: University of Palermo.

Socially innovative recycling process

1884 -  1907

1993 - 1994

2001 -  Today

The cotton mill was built between 1884 and 1907. Its production was very prosperous,  in fact it was the largest cotton mill in continental Europe over the next quarter century. The factory provided workers' housing, kindergartens and recreational areas to facilitate workers (Scaffidi, 2019; 2021).

The production activity was stopped and a progressive process of abandon- ment negatively impacted the place. Thanks to the administration’s decision to facilitate the rents at reduced prices, many artists and craftsmen settled in the cotton mill spaces giving it a second chance and creating a new direction in its development (Scaffidi, 2019; 2021).

The company “Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH” acquired the entire property and transformed the heritage in a space for arts, culture and creative industries. Thanks to Colored Fields GmbH the regeneration of the site is integrated to the urban context (Scaffidi, 2019; 2021).  

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