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JVB Expo: collaborative living in Delft

How can architects design collaborative living? And what does collaborative living look like? The JVB Expo will shed light on these issues by illustrating photography and drawings on collaborative living. This Expo is initiated by the students living collectively at Krakeelhof, the Jacoba van Beierenlaan in Delft. They collected photography and drawings on their living situation, to exhibit in their own shared spaces. In October, a selection of the JVB Expo will be on display in the exhibition Together! The future of living, in the faculty of Architecture. More info about JVB Expo? Check out and have a look at the instagram page .

Open Call BK Expo:
Together! The future of living

Do you have pioneering ideas on the organization and design of collaborative living? Project Together! is looking for contributions to the exposition we organize in cooperation with the faculty of Architecture at TU Delft!

Deadline for application: June 21st, 2021.
Format: open to applicants’ preferences.

BK Expo organizes in cooperation with Project Together! an exhibition showcasing examples produced at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of innovative collaborative forms of living, based on the principles of cooperation, inclusivity, circularity and long-term value creation. The Faculty’s BK Expo space in the Oostserre will host the Together! Exhibition, where faculty and students from all levels are welcome to participate. Together! is a chance to showcase your work on collaborative living, be it design, planning, policy development, research, etc. We invite everyone to share their work and contribute to the faculty-broad exhibition by means of an open call. Together! will be on display during the month of October, 2021. Contents will be displayed on the mobile exhibition walls in the Oostserre. Everyone willing to contribute is welcome to send in their work.

We aim to accommodate a wide range of content representing all departments of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the TU Delft. Different media supports, such as prints, models, audiovisuals, text are accepted.

Proposals can cover a variety of topics, such as:

  • Architectural designs on co-housing, cluster living, mixed living, flexible living, etc.
  • Urban designs for ‘urban communing’, public spaces and other community infrastructure.
  • Policy proposals addressing housing provision from a community-led, collective and/or cooperative perspective.
  • Business, organisational, financial and management models for new living concepts, focused on inclusivity, co-creation and communal living.
  • New collaborative living concepts, focused on specific target groups: seniors, youth, newly arrived immigrants, families with young children, etc.

Drawing competition JVB Expo: Architects wanted!

Are you an architect or spatial designer with an interest in collective living? JVB Expo is organizing an architecture competition!

JVB Expo is an exhibition about co-living at the Jacoba van Beierenlaan (Krakeelhof) student housing complex in Delft, the Netherlands. The objective of this architecture competition is to obtain knowledge about co-living by producing analytical drawings of a specific existing building.

Registration: 4th June
Submission: 11th June 

1000 EUR  
Drawing displayed at the JVB Exhibition in Delft, in the summer of 2021

See JVB Expo | Co-living Exhibition | Jacoba van Beierenlaan in Delft ( for more information!

Thesis defence Carla Huisman on Insecure Tenure

On October 22nd, Carla Huisman, reseracher at Co-Lab research, succesfully defended her PhD thesis Insecure Tenure: The precarisation of rental housing in the Netherlands at the University of Groningen, under supervision of Clara Mulder and Louise Meijering.

Congratulations Carla on this major milestone!

Secure housing is important for people’s well-being. Uncertainty about if and when you will need to leave your home has a negative effect on ontological security, the psychological stability that people need to live a meaningful life. This thesis answers the question whether rental housing in the Netherlands, over the last twenty years, has become less secure. The conclusion is that Dutch renting is becoming precarious to a significant extent. The successive introductions of new temporary contract forms go very quickly, as do the continuous steep rent increases and the increases of starting rents. Rules on security of tenure, rent ceilings and maintenance are in theory still strong, but in practice knowledge of these regulations is almost non-existent, and enforcement is so weak that the rules have become largely meaningless. Empirical evidence shows that the majority of young adults in Amsterdam has a temporary renting contract, rather than a permanent one or being an owner occupier. This process of increasing precarity of the Dutch rental sector, or in other words, precarisation, manifests itself simultaneously through three processes. These are the increasing widening of the situations in which temporary rental contracts are legally permitted, the non-enforcement of regulations and the overt discursive shift against renting in recent decades. Until recently the strength of the Dutch rental sector was that it offered almost as much security as buying a house. However, this strength is now being rapidly eroded – and it will not be easy to reverse this situation once it is too late.

Carla’s thesis can be downloaded here

Interview (in Dutch) in University of Groningen university newspaper about the thesis.

Darinka Czischke panellist at online symposium “Taking Back Housing!” and keynote speaker at webinar on Collaborative Housing of the UNESCO housing chair

On 15 October 2020, the UNESCO Housing Chair at Rovira i Virgili University, Spain, hosted a webinar on the collaborative phenomenon applied to housing, and its advantages and challenges for accessing to housing, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. In the event, Darinka Czischke discussed the main factors driving the re-emergence of different types of collaborative housing internationally. More information and the video of the webinar in this link.

On 16 October 2020, The International New Town Institute and the Independent School for the City hosted the International online symposium “Taking Back Housing!”. The online event consisted of a series of lectures and discussions about new citizen-led initiatives in the Netherlands. Darinka’s intervention focused on the applicability of international models to the Dutch housing sector. More information via this link.


Suscessful Co-Lab Research Seminar at TU Delft

On September 8th, a group of Co-Lab researchers, students and academic staff at the faculty met to discuss the progress of ongoing research and thesis projects. The seminar started with the preliminary results of the project: “Mapping social innovation and collaboration in housing – Co-Lab Mapping” by Darinka Czischke and Luz María Vergara. Afther that, MSc student Jopen Bastiaans presented the progress of his graduation project “Professional-led collaborative housing concepts for seniors” followed by the presentation of the PhD candidate Valentina Cortés titled “Collaborative housing in Chile: an Exploration of Opportunities and Barriers”.

Co-Lab reserch seminars are semestral activities that promote the exchange and debate between researchers, students and Phd candidates at the Faculty of Architecture interested on collaborative housing.


Darinka Czischke invited speaker at Melbourne School of Design’s “MSD at Home” lecture series

The online lecture took place on 26 August 2020 and was titled “Our common future? The re-emergence of collaborative housing in the 21st century”. In her lecture, Darinka discussed the potential of collaborative housing to give answers to a number of current housing ‘crises’: affordability, environmental, and social. She also reflected on how collective action in housing can be accomplished from the perspective of co-production and co-design processes linking architects and residents. The 180 people strong audience included students, scholars and practitioners from Australia and beyond.

The MSD at Home lecture series was launched in the wake of the Corona-induced lockdown measures, as a way to keep students and scholars connected through online exhibitions and events. More information about the lecture at the MSD website.

The recording is available online at this link


Carla Huisman awarded with a grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to study the impact of micro-level social mix in housing for refugees

The need for better integration outcomes in the Netherlands is urgent. Social connections play a vital role in integration, while current policy is based on dispersing refugees at several geographical scales. The project “A paradoxical idea: Stimulating integration through spatially concentrating refugees at the microlevel?” will provide insight into the effects of spatial clustering and spatial isolation on the networks of refugees.

The question is whether this concentration, originally born out of necessity, is in fact advantageous for integration outcomes? To find out, she will compare, over the course of a year, the networks of Eritrean refugees living in mixed projects in Amsterdam with the networks of those living more isolated in Utrecht.

The NWA grant Idea Generator supports innovative and out-of-the-box research. Carla’s research will deepen the work on the potential of collaborative housing to contribute to refugee integration developed at Co-Lab Research.



Call for Abstracts: Virtual special workshop session “The history of housing cooperatives”

The ENHR working group “Collaborative Housing” is happy to convene a virtual special workshop on the history of housing cooperatives. This virtual workshop will be co- ordinated by Jardar Sørvoll (Oslo Metropolitan University) and Richard Lang (Johannes Kepler University Linz). The main goal of the workshop is to unpack the potential of historical perspectives and methodologies for the emerging research field of collaborative housing research.

For this special workshop, we welcome contributions that apply historically-sensitive research approaches to analyse questions such as the following,

  • How and why does the meaning and configuration of cooperative housing change over time in and between places. What are underlying forces for converging and diverging tendencies in Europe and other parts of the world?
  • How have cooperative housing sectors interacted with other housing fields? How have political institutions and discourses shaped cooperative housing?
  • How have experiments and reassembling of past ideas influenced contemporary cooperative and collaborative housing practice (see, for instance, Thompson 2018)?
  • What can we learn from history of housing policy and housing markets in policy-oriented research in respect to cooperative housing? (see also “The long view” Special Issue in Journal of Housing Studies in 2019).
  • Previous research has pointed to many of the benefits of historical approaches, but what about the challenges and pitfalls?
  • What explains the rise and fall of cooperative housing movements in the past? How may present collaborative housing movements avoid past mistakes and emulate the successes of past housing experiments?

Key dates:
– Conference date: NOVEMBER 20, 2020
– Deadline for Abstract submission: SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
Send your abstracts to and
– Notification of abstract approval: OCTOBER 15, 2020
– Optional Full Paper Deadline: NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Special workshop session co-ordinators:
Richard Lang, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria,; Jadar Sørvoll, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway,

ENHR working group co-ordinators:
Claire Carriou, University of Paris Nanterre, France; Darinka Czischke, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands; Richard Lang, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria; Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Lund University,Sweden.


Darinka Czischke keynote speaker at URBACT/UIA web conference

The URBACT programme on sustainable urban development and the Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) programme jointly organized the web conference “How can cities build alternative community-led housing models?” on 24 April, focused on community-led practices. 300 participants shared their ideas and experiences with city practitioners and experts on how to design alternative housing models that meet the residents needs for safe, adequate and affordable housing, including community-land trusts, co-housing, shared ownership and re-municipalisation of housing. The conference aimed to inspire city leaders and practitioners to collaborate and take action at municipal level.

Darinka’s intervention builds on research evidence on the societal drivers and challenges for collaborative housing models to become part of the solution of the housing crisis. The discussion will also contribute to the European Urban Agenda Partnership on housing and will help develop further policy recommendations to push the agenda on the right to housing EU wide.

Darinka’s presentation is available in this video

The full conference is available in this link


Mees Zonneveld presented his master thesis ‘The bottlenecks in the process of realizing a housing cooperative in cities in the Netherlands’

On April 17th 2020, Mees graduated in the Management in the Built Environment master track in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. After his graduation, he has started a new position at Platform 31, as a junior project leader working with housing cooperatives… Congratulations Mees!

In the following lines, Mees summarises his research project.

Conceptual framework P5 Mees

Fig. Conceptual framework

In a large part of the Netherlands, middle-income households fall into the gap between the social housing sector and the market sector. Also, the supply in middle-income dwellings is too small. Municipalities face challenges in unwanted changes in the population of the city because different groups are having problems fulfilling their housing needs. In particular, lower- and middle-income groups are affected by the limited supply of housing suitable for their means. Also, as a result of national economizing, an increasing amount of elderly lives for a longer time at their own home, instead of in a healthcare institution, despite the fact they need a form of (mild) care. This group has a higher risk of the consequences of feeling lonely as well since a large part of this group lives alone. Different shared living concepts could contribute to partly solving the problems municipalities are facing. Rental- or buying prices could be lower, because of new business cases, the sharing of facilities and possibly square meters. Next to this, important social networks could be set up, which leads to differentiation and better social cohesion in a city. There are several initiatives for shared living projects, but despite mentioning the willingness to facilitate new forms of living and organizing this by some municipalities in their housing visions, different bottlenecks are making the realization of the projects difficult. One form of shared living, which is upcoming again, and can realize projects offering houses with a rent in the social and middle segment in a city, is the housing cooperative. The research maps the bottlenecks and potential solutions for these bottlenecks, in the process of realizing a housing cooperative, in cities in the Netherlands.

More information about the thesis here


Co-Lab in the Dutch media: “Don’t just view residents as consumers, but also as co-developers”, the TU Delfts’ online platform for area development has published a piece (in Dutch) on CoLab’s research project Samen Wonen Samen Onderzoeken (Living Together, Researching Together). This is the lead:

“Don’t just view residents as consumers, but also as co-developers”: To involve residents in the development and management of their housing is becoming increasingly popular, but it turns out to be tricky in practice. Action research helps to clarify expectations, so that everybody profits, conclude TU Delft researchers.



Join the Web conference#1 – Community-led housing models organised by URBACT and Urban Innovative Actions on April 24


URBACT and UIA are organising a web conference on 24 April (10.00 AM – 13.00 PM), exploring the practical ways cities implement community-led practices for housing. The web conference will look into cities’ experiments to understand how community-led practices, through collaborative schemes, induce financial, social and citizen engagement solutions to housing affordability issues.

Darinka Czischke, from the Co-Lab research group, will be presenting at 11:00 am her insights into community-led practices. Do you want to know more? , Click hereto find out more about the programme, and here to subscribe!


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – “Collaborative housing in and beyond unstable contexts” and Special session: “The history of housing cooperatives” at ENHR 2020 Cyprus, 28 September – 1st October 2020 – Conference provisionally postponed to June 2021


The co-ordinators of the ENHR working group Collaborative Housing invite abstracts related but not limited to ENHR conference topic, with a particular focus on the links between collaborative housing forms and housing in unstable contexts.  The working group welcomes abstracts addressing questions, such as the following:

  • What role does collaborative housing play in locations affected by crises, conflicts and different forms of housing exclusion?
  • How can we grasp collaborative housing in responses to gentrification, commodification, housing evictions and welfare state retrenchment?, What are short-term and long-term effects of collaborative housing initiatives for those involved, the wider neighbourhood and the city? , What is their potential to influence housing and social policy and to what extent are collaborative housing initiatives themselves influenced by and embedded in political discourses and agendas?
  • How can we conceptualise the relation between collaborative housing and urban social movements that are addressing housing issues, such as ‘‘Right to theCity’’, (How) can collaborative housing address issues of social inclusion and social justice?

Special workshop session: “The history of housing cooperatives”
In addition to the central CfA of this working group (above) this year the workshop coordinators would like to convene a special workshop session on the history of housing cooperatives. This special session (or sessions) will be co-ordinated by Jardar Sørvoll (Oslo Metropolitan University) and Richard Lang (Johannes Kepler University Linz). The main goal of this workshop session(s) is to unpack the potential of historical perspectives and methodologies for the emerging research field of collaborative housing research. It should help us develop a better understanding of factors that led to present configurations of welfare and housing policies, conditions on housing markets, as well as actor configurations and practices in housing fields. In that sense, “taking a long view” (Flanagan & Jacobs 2019) also highlights why certain intended outcomes have not been achieved and what lessons need to be learned for the future.

More information about the conference and the workshop at the conference website 

ENHR working group co-ordinators:

  • Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Lund University, Sweden,*
  • Richard Lang, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria,*
  • Darinka Czischke, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Claire Carriou, University of Paris Nanterre, France.
    (*Organisers of ENHR 2020 workshop sessions)


The project Living Together, Researching Together at the VERDUS website

To close off our Living Together, Researching Together project, the sponsoring organisation Verdus (Verbinden van Duurzame Steden; Connecting Sustainable Cities) has published a news item on their website, including a link to a pdf with the main findings (all in Dutch).

Translation of the lead in English:
Collaborative living – tips for the intractable practice

The practice of collaborative forms of housing in which residents and housing corporations proves to be intractable. Although housing corporations are open to giving residents more influence on their living environments, it turns out to be hard for professional organisations to hand over matters. The VerDuS Pop Up project Living Together Researching Together has, based on action research in practice, provided tips on how the process between corporations and tenants can run smoother.

Darinka Czischke presents at ETH CASE Zurich conference “Tackling Global Housing Challenges: The role of housing cooperatives in the provision of affordable housing”

The conference took place from 5-7 December 2019 in Zurich, and was organized jointly by the ETH Centre for Research on Architecture, Society and the Built Environment (CASE) and the Swizz federation of housing cooperatives. The event brought together leading experts on cooperative housing from across the world. Presentations explored the current role, approaches, and strategies of housing cooperatives in selected countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia. As one of the invited experts, Darinka Czischke presented the state of housing cooperatives and current challenges in the Netherlands. The conference also included visits to cases of housing cooperatives in Zurich. Luz María Vergara and MBE student Mees Zonneveld, currently doing his MSc graduation with Darinka Czischke and Peter de Jong, also participated in the conference.


Valentina Cortes participated on the TVU television show, radio programme, and in a housing colloquium in her visit to Concepcion University, Chile

Activity 6.0

During her field trip in Chile on December 2019, Valentina Cortés presented part of her research in the expert panel of the colloquium: “Vivienda Como Instrumento de Cambio social” (Housing as an Instrument for Social Change), held by the Universidad de Concepción. The colloquium was focused on how to improve housing in Chile and included participants from the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism from the Chilean government and the Pratt Institute. Valentina’s presentation showed the work developed by Co-Lab Research group and her research titled “Towards the development of collaborative housing in Chile”.

She was also invited to the radio program called “Ciudad, Arquitectura y Ambiente” (City, Architecture and Environment) from the radio Universidad de Concepción and to the TV show from the Universidad de Concepción (TVU) called “Microcomunidades de Contenido”. Both the TV show and radio show were oriented on the discussion of the research of Valentina at the faculty of Bouwkunde at TU Delft.

Open Access book “Housing and Urban Regeneration of Deprived Neighbourhoods in Santiago: North-South perspectives about Collaborative Processes” just launched!


On November 26th, the book: “Housing and Urban Regeneration of Deprived Neighbourhoods in Santiago: North-South perspectives about Collaborative Processes” was launched at BK. The book, co-edited by Luz María Vergara (MBE- CoLab), Cristián Robertson, Darinka Czischke (MBE-Co-Lab), Elke Schlack and Rodrigo Tapia, is part of a joint initiative between the MBE Department and the School of Architecture of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. It was published on the open-access platform BK BOOKS under the Research and Urbanism Series RiUS V. The book was presented by Luz Maria Vergara and Frank van der Hoeven (editor-in-chief BK Books). A panel discussion chaired by Darinka Czischke followed, which included the participation of Dr. Christien Klaufus (CEDLA, Latin American Studies Centre, UvA), and Antonio Liphtay (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), who reflected on the opportunities for collaborative processes in housing and urban regeneration in Latin America. Curious about the book?, you can download it here


Darinka Czischke delivers keynote speech on the role of housing for the integration of immigrants and refugees at the European Integration Network (EIN)

The European Integration Network (EIN) brings together representatives of national public authorities responsible for migrant integration across the 28 EU Member States and two EEA countries, Iceland and Norway. Darinka Czischke was invited as external expert to deliver a keynote speech at the network’s 7th meeting held in Helsinki on 19-20 November 2019. Darinka’s presentation focused on the specific housing challenges that newly arrived migrants and refugees face in host societies, and discussed innovative approaches to refugee integration through collaborative housing. To this end, Darinka drew on findings from the Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken research project conducted jointly with Carla Huisman in 2018, which studied the Startblok Riekerhaven housing project in Amsterdam. A first journal article has been published in Urban Planning journal and a second one is underway.

Book launch and keynote speech by Prof Raquel Rolnik “Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance”


On October 16th professor Raquel Rolnik, former UN rapporteur on Adequate Housing, was hosted by the MBE department. Prof Rolnik gave a keynote lecture and presented her book “Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance”. The activity was organised by Darinka Czischke and Luz María Vergara and gathered academics and students from different BK departments, who engaged in a debate on the effects of housing financialisation as a worldwide phenomenon, and its connection with urban planning and social movements. Prof Rolnik’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Darinka Czischke, where Marja Elsinga (MBE), Roberto Rocco (Urbanism), and Nelson Mota (Architecture) acted as panellists. The discussion led to a lively debate on the understanding of housing as an urban and a social problem in which social movements and self-organised citizens can play a relevant role in seeking alternative solutions.

The lecture and the panel discussion is available here



Book Launch and Keynote Lecture by prof. Raquel Rolnik at TU Delft


The Co-Lab research team is pleased to announce that prof. Raquel Rolnik will visit TU Delft on Wednesday, October 16. On this occasion, she will give a keynote lecture and launch her book ‘Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance’. The lecture is open to academics, students and everyone interested in the topic.

Dr. Raquel Rolnik is professor at the Architecture and Urban Planning School at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In this lecture, Raquel will present her recently launched book “Urban Warfare: Housing Under the Empire of Finance”. Dr Rolnik is a former UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context. Her work has been highly influential in raising global awareness on the role of financialisation processes in the current housing affordability crises across the world.

Where: Berlage 1. Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. Julianalaan 134 2628 BL Delft

When: October 16th | 9:30 -12:30 hrs

More information here

09:30 -11:30 Keynote lecture and panel discussion
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome by Dr. Darinka Czischke
9:45 -10:30 Lecture by Prof. Raquel Rolnik
10:30 -11:30 Panel discussion chaired by Dr. Darinka Czischke
Panellists: Prof. Marja Elsinga (MBE), Dr. Roberto Rocco (Urbanism), Dr. Nelson Mota (Architecture)
11:30 -12:00 Book signature by Raquel Rolnik


International Conference ‘Tackling the Global Housing Challenge: Housing cooperatives’ role in the provision of affordable housing’, Zurich, December 2019

Taking the global houisng challenge

This one-day international conference brings together a group of leading experts on cooperative housing. Drawing on their international experiences and insights, it will explore the current role, approaches, and strategies of housing cooperatives in a selected number of countries. Speakers and the audience will openly debate the opportunities and challenges of replicating successful practices in different contexts.

Venue: December 6, ZAZ – Zentrum Architektur Zurich (Museum Bellerive), Höschgasse 3, 8008 Zurich

Registration deadline: 25th November 2019

More information and registration here


Darinka Czischke delivers keynote lecture at ENHR 2019 conference “Housing for the next European Social Model” in Athens, Greece


The lecture took place as part of the plenary session “Homelessness and Housing Deprivation” of the 2019 conference organized by the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), which took place from 27-30 August. The talk was entitled “Refugee integration through collaborative housing? The formation of social connections through social mix and collective self-organisation”, which drew on research jointly conducted by Darinka Czischke and Carla Huisman on the new approach to house young refugees together with Dutch young people in self-managed social housing in the city of Amsterdam. This approach is considered highly innovative and has drawn considerable (inter)national (media) attention. In their study, researchers Czischke and Huisman attempted to bring conceptual clarity on the underlying assumptions of this approach and to draw preliminary conclusions on its relative effectiveness in terms of collective self-management and social integration of refugees. A first scientific publication on this research can be downloaded here.


Successful participation of Co-Lab researchers at ENHR 2019 conference in Athens, Greece


Co-Lab researchers Darinka Czischke, Valentina Cortes, Carla Huisman, and Sara Brysch presented papers at the ENHR workshop “Collaborative Housing”, which took place in the framework of the 2019 ENHR conference in Athens, Greece, from 27-30 August. The workshop was organized by the ENHR working group “Collaborative Housing” for the fourth consecutive year since its foundation by Darinka Czischke and other researchers in 2015. The workshop featured 18 papers by authors representing 12 different countries. In addition, on Tuesday 27 August, Co-Lab research co-organized a special workshop on Collaborative and Cooperative Housing in Athens, jointly with local civil society partners Co-hab Athens and with the ENHR collaborative housing working group.
The next ENHR conference will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, in June 2020 – stay tuned!



Collaborative and Cooperative Housing Workshop / 27 August, Athens


CoHab Athens, the Collaborative Housing ENHR and the Co-Lab Research team invite you to a knowledge exchange workshop to discuss different models of collaborative and cooperative housing in Europe and their potential implementation in Greece. The workshop will give the opportunity to experts and researchers involved in collaborative housing initiatives all over Europe that will be in Athens for the 2019 ENHR conference, to come in contact with local groups and individuals interested in learning and experimenting with such practices for Athens.

More information here

When: Tuesday 27th of August, 18:00-20:00

Where: Communitism (Keramikou 28, Metaxourgio, Athens)



Lecture of Dr. Jennifer Duyne from ETH Zurich about Housing cooperatives in Switzerland and Uruguay


The Co-Lab Research group invited  Dr. Jennifer Duyne to give a lecture about her current work on comparative analysis of housing cooperatives in Switzerland and Uruguay. The lecture:  ‘Tackling the global housing challenges: relevance and replicability of Switzerland’s and Uruguay’s housing cooperatives’ policies and strategies’, presented the opportunities and challenges of replicating and scaling up best practices in different socio-economic, cultural and political contexts.

Dr. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein is a social anthropologist specialized in socio-economic and cultural dimensions of housing, urbanization and post-disaster reconstruction. She is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Architecture, Society and the Built Environment of the ETH Zurich and the Executive Director of the MAS ETH in Housing. She has directed several international research projects in South- and South-East Asia and Latin America and was a senior consultant for various international organisations including UN Habitat, the World Bank, SDC, DGIS, and DFID.


Carla Huisman presented at the policy conference of FEANTSA, The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, in Portugal


Carla Huisman has started a new project at the Co-Lab group, investigating how cohousing and self-organisation of a mix of empowered and less empowered residents can help the integration of refugees but also other vulnerable groups. Carla was invited to give a presentation on this topic at the policy conference of FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, that took place in Porto, in Portugal on 30-31 May.


Co-Lab Research part of the jury of the European Collaborative Housing Awards 2019


Co-Lab researchers Sara Brysch, Luz Maria Vergara and Valentina Cortes, together with CoHabitat, Housing Europe, among others, were part of the jury of this year’s European Collaborative Housing Awards. The Awards ceremony marked the beginning of the European Collaborative Housing Day at the International Social Housing Festival and was chaired by Darinka Czischke. Congratulations to the awardees: Karise Permatopia from Denmark, Space-S from The Netherlands, Cohousing Entrepatios from Spain!



Co-Lab Research & ENHR roundtable “Collaborative Housing Research in Europe: Themes, Questions, and Trends”

The Co-Lab Research team would like to invite you to participate in the Co-Lab Research & ENHR roundtable “Collaborative Housing Research in Europe: Themes, Questions, and Trends”, as part of the International Social Housing Festival 2019, in Lyon. It will take place on Wednesday 5 June, between 11:15 and 12:45.

This event will bring together researchers from the Co-Lab Research group at TU Delft and from the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) to discuss the recent state of the art of collaborative housing research and discuss with the wider public on the contribution of recent research to the development of this type of housing across Europe.

If you are interested in attending, please register here (free of charge).
Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Download the programme Here

UPDATE: The venue of the event has changed to Room Alpil, at 12 Place Croix-Paquet, 69001 Lyon



Master students presented their work in the third version of the Co-Lab Research Seminar


On May 28th, the students Koen Kaljee, Glenn Jones and Nina van Wijk, from the Co-Lab Graduation Lab presented their graduation projects to researchers and academics of the MBE department. The series of seminars have the goal of providing Ph.D. candidates and master students the opportunity to present their research to the group and receive feedback from colleagues and supervisors.


Lisanne Rissik presented her master thesis ‘XS>XL: The emergence of commercial co-living and its influence on users-affordability and developers-profitability’

On April 8th, Lisanne graduated in the Management in the Built Environment master track in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft. In the following lines, Lissane explains her research project. Congratulations Lisanne!

For my graduation thesis, I conducted research into the current questions the housing market is facing and the potential of commercial co-living in answering to the increasing demand for one-person housing. Commercial co-living embodies a type of rental housing where private units are combined with a wide array of communal spaces and facilities. The communal facilities take up functions that are taken out of the private home, like living and kitchen areas, but also offer other, more urban, facilities. The research was scoped on the perspective of the co-living user as well as the co-living developer. Through a global case study analysis, 7 main characteristics of the concept of commercial co-living were identified. These characteristics – project size, private spaces, collective spaces, project location, services, community facilitation, and leasing terms – were analysed upon their influence on the user-affordability as well as the developer’s profitability. The potential for affordability was found in the lower rentable private square meters complemented by collective spaces in order to facilitate a proper living environment. The potential for profitability from a developer’s perspective was found in higher square meter rental income and the facilitation of smaller private units. Affordability, here represents the balance between housing expenditure and the offered quality of the housing. Profitability, here represents the balance between development and operational costs, rental income and risk on vacancies. Altogether, one could conclude that commercial co-living provides a solution for the limited available space in city centre locations, where being part of a community (which answers to the increasing urban loneliness) and a vast range of collective facilities balances out one’s lack of privacy in comparison to traditional housing. Yet, the lack of private space should question this housing concept as a long-term healthy housing solution.



Stephanie Zeulevoet presented at NWO Verdus Surf Pop Up meeting on the Samen Wonen Samen Onderzoeken project

On Monday, April 1, 2019 – no joke! – researchers came together in Utrecht for both current and recently completed projects and the brand new ones that were honored at the end of 2018. In particular, many insights and new knowledge questions about spatial issues and bottom-up initiatives from citizens were exchanged. Pieter Hooijmeijer, professor at the UU and scientific director VerDuS, opened the meeting.

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Stephanie Zeulevoet explained the results of the Samen Wonen Samen Onderzoeken project. “Our project revolved around newly emerging collective housing types, in which residents take a lot of responsibility for their own living situation and the immediate surroundings of their homes. We were concerned with the ways in which residents can organize themselves and ways in which housing associations can properly support these groups, in line with their own objectives. We had two cases in Amsterdam. It turned out that collaboration between residential groups and housing associations could still gain from intensive communication, transparency and working on the basis of trust. The researched groups have a positive effect on the neighbourhood. Corporations can support them with expertise. Cooperatives also support each other via networks. The two case groups proved to benefit from the academic attention and reflection that the research project offered.”

Do you want to know more?, download the presentation here


Call for submissions: European Collaborative Housing Awards 2019

In the context of the European Collaborative Housing day at the ISHF 2019 (International Social Housing Festival), CoHabitat Network has launched the European Collaborative Housing awards 2019: Reinventing affordable housing from the bottom up. The call for submissions is open for outstanding collaborative housing initiatives from across Europe that have created affordable and inclusive housing solutions. More information here about the call and the Festival.

Deadline: May 7th

Who Can Apply?
Submissions from collaborative housing initiatives that have created affordable and inclusive housing solutions in Europe.

Selection criteria: Impact and scale of the housing solution / Replicability and scalability / Community participation (co-design and self-organization) / Long-term affordability and non-speculative approach towards housing development / Environmental sustainability/ Social inclusion / Capacity to overcome adversities /Capacity to leverage partnerships with different stakeholders and actors of the urban fabric

How to apply? : For details, visit:

Call for European collaborative housing award 2019


Co-Lab Research celebrates its 1st anniversary

In March 2019, the Co-Lab Research Group at TU Delft celebrated its 1st anniversary since its creation. To mark this occasion, we have produced a newsletter that brings together key milestones and achievements during this year. We would like to share this with you and take the opportunity to thank each of you for working with us and/or for engaging in one way or another with our activities.

We hope you find this interesting and look forward to another year of fruitful cooperation!

Click here to see the newsletter

Co-Lab anniversary 2019


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS ENHR Conference 2019 in Athens, Greece

The co-ordinators of the ENHR working group “Collaborative Housing” invite abstracts related but not limited to this year’s ENHR conference topic, with a particular focus on the links between collaborative housing forms and the future of the European social model. More information here

Deadline for the Abstract Submission: extended untill 21/04/2019
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 05/05/2019
Deadline to submit a full paper: 03/06/2019



Sara Brysch presented at International Conference on collaborative housing, FEUP, Porto, 22 February 2019

Cohousing in Portugal. Sustainable Living

This international conference marked the beginning of the debate on collaborative housing in Portugal. It was organized by Hac.Ora, a recently created association aimed at promoting collaborative housing initiatives in Portugal. Sara Brysch presented an overview of how research on collaborative housing is being developed in Europe and highlighted the contribution of Co-Lab Research.

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Just released: video about the Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken project!!

(with Dutch subtitles)

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(with English subtitles)

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Sara Brysch presented at CHEOPSx #9 on communal living
Philips Museum, Eindhoven, 28 November 2018

CHEOPSx is a series of lecture and debate events on hot topics in the built environment, organised by CHEOPS – Student Association of the Built Environment, department of the Built Environment at the University of Technology Eindhoven. This event, moderated by University Lecturer Sophie Rousseau, focused on ‘communal living’ and included presentations by Sara Brysch and Dr. Flip Krabbendam. The further discussion was around the different design approaches used to develop community-oriented housing.

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“Bringing Collaborative Housing forward in the Netherlands: Learning from international examples of collective self-organisation in housing”

International Seminar on ‘Collaborative Housing’ in Amsterdam, 22 November 2018

The seminar was part of the Co-Lab Research one-year action research project ‘Living Together, Researching Together’ (Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken) funded by the NWO Smart Urban Regions of the Future (SURF) Pop Up grant.

The event brought together professionals, residents and researchers from the Netherlands, France, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, the UK and other European countries to discuss findings of the research and to learn from similar experiences abroad. The seminar included presentations about collaborative housing in Vienna, Brittany (France), Stockholm and Antwerp, parallel thematic workshops and panel discussions. During the day, participants discussed how residents can best self-organise to govern and manage their housing; how housing professionals can provide efficient and effective support to residents’ groups in line with their organisational goals; and what Dutch collaborative housing can learn from international examples.



Darinka Czischke presented at OTB-colloquium on self-organisation and social mix in social housing

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, 21 November 2018

Bringing together self-organisation and social mix in social housing: New approaches and experiences in the Netherlands and in Italy

The colloquium brought together case studies of recent social housing projects from Italy (Milano) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam and Utrecht), which apply principles of self-organisation and social mix. These initiatives aim to promote social integration of vulnerable members of the housing community, such as young refugees. Throughout Europe, the scenario of self-organised housing comprises a variety of innovative approaches, and reflect the great diversity of social housing systems in Europe. Darinka Czischke presented preliminary findings from the NWO-funded project Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken, particularly on the potential of collaborative housing approaches combining social mix and collective self-management to improve integration outcomes amongst refugees.



Dr. Darinka Czischke presented at seminar on civil society and the city

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, 15 November 2018

The seminar “What can civil society do for the city? A North/South perspective” was held in the Department of Management in the Built Environment at the Faculty of Architecture of TU Delft. The seminar was organised by Luz María Vergara in the context of her PhD defence, and counted with the participation of Dr. Darinka Czischke from TU Delft and Dr. Ignacio Irarrázaval from Catholic University of Chile. The discussion was chaired by Dr. Diego Sepúlveda from TU Delft.

The seminar discussed the role of civil society in urban development and co-production of the city from the Latin American and European perspective. Darinka Czischke presented insights into the North perspective by discussing collective agency in housing and urban processes in Europe. Ignacio Irarrázaval presented insights into the South perspective by discussing the results of the research project Sociedad en Acción (Society in Action) which focuses on the role of civil society organisations in the development of social programmes in Chile.

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Darinka Czischke participates at “Hope for Housing” Conference in Birmingham, UK

9 July 2018

The Housing and Communities Research Group held a conference to connect international academic research, local community activism and policy debates and support community-led housing in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

To see the report of the conference, please click here.




OTB-colloquium: “Self-organisation and social mix in social housing”
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, 21 november 2018

by Dr. Darinka Czischke and Igor Costarelli (University of Milano de Biccoca and TU Delft)
Please reply to the OTB Secretariat ( Friday November 16 if you want to participate. For more information click here.



“Bringing Collaborative Housing forward in the Netherlands: Learning from international examples of collective self-organisation in housing”

International Seminar on ‘Collaborative Housing’ in Amsterdam, AMS Institute,
22 November 2018

> How can residents best self-organise to govern and manage their housing?
> How can professionals of housing corporations provide efficient and effective support, in line with their organisational goals?
> What can Dutch collaborative housing learn from international examples?

This international seminar is part of the Project Living Together, Researching Together (Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken), which seeks to answer the above questions.
Since January 2018, the project has followed two Dutch cases of co-operation between housing corporations and self-organised tenants’ groups to learn about the pitfalls and successes of their collaboration process.
The aim of this seminar is to bring together professionals and residents from the Netherlands, France, Austria, Sweden and Belgium in order to discuss the findings of the research and to learn from each other.

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08:30 Registration and coffee

08:45 Welcome and introduction, Prof. Vincent Gruis, TU Delft
08:55 Setting the scene: Collaborative housing in Europe, Dr. Darinka Czischke, TU Delft
09:20 Collective self-organisation in housing: the Dutch case, Carla Huisman, TU Delft
09:45 Q&A

10:00 Coffee break

10:25 International experiences: self-determination, Dr. Darinka Czischke
10:30 Austrian case, Ernst Gruber, Wohnbund:consult – Urban Space Development (incl. Q&A)
11:00 Swedish case, Kerstin Kärnekull, Kollektivhus NU (incl. Q&A)

11:30 Coffee break

11:55 International experiences: social inclusion, Carla Huisman
12:00 French case, Samuel Lanoë, L’EPOK – Support for participatory housing projects (incl. Q&A)
12:30 Belgian case, Anneloes Van Osselaer, CURANT (incl. Q&A)

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Parallel workshop
A. Collective self-determination in housing
B. Self-organisation and social inclusion in housing

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 Panel discussion A: Collective self-determination in housing
16:15 Panel discussion B: Self-organisation and social inclusion in housing

17:00 Conclusions

17:30 Networking drinks
OPTIONAL: 23 November 2018 (meeting point: Startblok Riekerhaven, Riekerhaven, 1062 Amsterdam)

10:00 – Field trip to collaborative housing projects in Amsterdam


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Prof. Vincent Gruis, TU Delft
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currently Head of Department of Management in the Built the Environment, at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, where he graduated in 2001 with a thesis entitled ‘Financial-economic fundamentals for housing associations’. He has participated in various faculty committees, including the core group of Architecture Curriculum Renewal (CURVE). Together with Darinka Czischke, he was awarded the NWO VerDuS Pop Up grant for the project ‘Living together, Researching together’ (Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken).

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Dr. Darinka Czischke, TU Delft
Darinka is assistant professor at Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. She is an urban and housing specialist with over 17 years of international experience in research, teaching and consultancy.
In 2015 she co-founded the working group on Collaborative Housing at the European Network of Housing Research (ENHR). In 2017 she founded Co-Lab Research, where she leads the NWO-funded project ‘Living together, Researching together’ (Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken).

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Carla Huisman, TU Delft
Carla Huisman is a sociologist who has studied the role of citizen participation in legitimising displacement, the precarisation of the Dutch rental housing market and the non-enforcement of regulations as a technique of governance. She is currently finishing her PhD thesis entitled ‘Insecure Tenure’,  at the University of Groningen. Carla currently works as post-doc researcher on the project ‘Living together, Researching together’ (Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken).

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Stephanie Zeulevoet, TU Delft
Stephanie works as a trainee architect at Inbo in Amsterdam. She graduated with a MSc Architecture from TU Delft in 2016 on the topic of cooperative housing. She is primarily interested in researching the potential for cooperative housing models to create affordable housing in cities in the Netherlands. Next to that, she works as a part time research assistant on the project ‘Living together, Researching together’ (Samen Wonen, Samen Onderzoeken).

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Ernst Gruber, Wohnbund:consult
Ernst Gruber is an architect, researcher and moderator based in Vienna. Within the interdisciplinary team wohnbund:consult he is responsible for developing and realising innovative housing concepts. He has been board member of the Austrian umbrella association for collaborative housing since its founding in 2009.

Kerstin Kärnekull, Kollektivhus NU
Kerstin Kärnekull is an architect, who has worked with various housing issues for most of her life. She is a founding member of the group Bo i Gemenskap (‘Living in Community’). She is also editor of the website of the national Swedish Association Kollektivhus NU/Cohousing Now and of the electronic newsjournal Bo tillsammans/Living together. She lives in the cohousing Färdknäppen for more than 25 years, the first ‘second half of life’ collective housing in Sweden.

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Samuel Lanoë, L’EPOK
Samuel Lanoë is an environmental engineer involved in the development of collaborative housing. Since 2006 he has been supporting several citizen groups and social and cooperative organisms in Brittany (FR). He also carried out a study on cooperative approaches between groups and social ousing organisations. He will soon move with his family into a collaborative housing project in Dol de Bretagne (a 23-units social housing complex).

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Anneloes Van Osselae, CURANT Anneloes is an all-round project worker and training coordinator for the innovative project CURANT (Cohousing and case management for Unaccompanied young adult Refugees in ANTwerp) since 2017. This project is an urban intervention offering various types of support to unaccompanied young adult refugees in the city of Antwerp (Flanders, Belgium). She has a Master degree in (Visual) Sociology (University of Antwerp) and tries to implement visual methods during the training sessions in CURANT.


Videos of the panels, in which Dr. Darinka Czischke participated, at Moscow Urban Forum 2018, THE MEGACITY OF THE FUTURE. NEW SPACE FOR LIVING already available here:

MUF2018/ Mass Housing as an Innovation Driver. Global Experience and Local Challenges

MUF2018/ Rented, Smart and Shared. Models for the Future Housing


Collaborative Housing as part of the discussion at Moscow Urban Forum 2018, THE MEGACITY OF THE FUTURE. NEW SPACE FOR LIVING

17-22 July 2018

Dr Darinka Czischke was invited to be one of the speakers at Moscow Urban Forum 2018. Presenting in two panels entitled ‘Mass Housing as Innovation Driver. Best Practices from Global Megacities’ and ‘Rented, Smart and Shared Models for the Future Housing’, Dr Czischke established connections between the challenges of social housing and the opportunity to introduce collaborative approaches in the political agenda.

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Dr Darinka Czischke at the Summer school ‘Sustainable Housing from a European Perspective’ 

2-13 July 2018
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

For the third consecutive year, Dr Darinka Czischke took part of the Summerschool ‘Sustainable Housing from a European Perspective’ as one of the speakers and workshop leaders. Her lecture entitled ‘Collaborative and sustainable housing approaches in Europe’ sought to provide a deeper understanding of the scope of Collaborative Housing initiatives and what are their main drivers. Summerschool 2018 2

Dr Darinka Czischke elected for the ENHR co-ordination committee!!

Dr Darinka Czischke was recently elected to become a member of the ENHR co-ordination committee.

As a long-standing member and active participant in the network, Darinka deeply values its unique place in the international landscape of housing research, and believes it is very important to keep it alive and build on its strengths while at the same time breeding innovation and fresh approaches into it.

Among other goals, she will focus on expanding the participation opportunities for early and mid-career researchers in the decision structures of the network; strengthening the external visibility, recognition and position of the ENHR in societal and policy circles internationally; and encouraging the inclusion and debate of innovative, experimental and possibly disruptive approaches in to housing studies, both theoretically and methodologically.

[click here to read the election manifesto]

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26-29 June 2018: ENHR Annual Conference in Uppsala, Sweden “More together, more apart: Migration, densification, segregation” (including the New Housing Researchers Colloquium on the 26th)

For the third consecutive year, the ‘Collaborative Housing’ was one of the ENHR working groups with the highest number of participants. With participants coming from all over the world, the group had the opportunity to learn from the different initiatives of Collaborative Housing in Japan, Denmark, Spain, among others. Darinka Czischke, together with other members of Co-Lab Research, namely Carla Huisman, Jasmine Palmer and Sara Brysch also had the chance to present the recent advances on their research projects.

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27 May 2018: Platform 31 conference day

On one of the hottest days of the month, 27 May, Darinka Czischke and Carla Huisman gave two workshops at the Platform 31 day conference on Dutch housing cooperatives in The Hague. The sessions, prepared by Stephanie Zeulevoet as well, were well attended and introduced the participants to Austrian, French and Swedish forms of collaborative housing. Together, we looked at the different organisational models and  explored what we could learn from them for the Netherlands.

An interview with Darinka about European forms of collaborative housing can be found in the new magazine Platform 31 presented at the conference, reflecting on the popularity of collaborative housing in Europe.

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May 23-25 2018: Workshop ‘Cooperative housing and beyond — the right to the hybrid city’

Co-Lab Research is going to be part of ‘Cooperative housing and beyond’, a workshop organized by the INURA Zurich Institute and NetHood, aiming to advance participatory practices in urban production. The event will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, on May 23-25, 2018. [read more]


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“Collaborative Housing: Understanding and reconfiguring networks of design decision-making”, public lecture by Dr Jasmine Palmer

May 15, 10h30-12h00, in Berlage Room 1, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft

Built Environment production, habitation and management inevitably involves a complex interaction between heterogeneous entities. As lecturer in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the University of South Australia, School of Art, Architecture and Design, Dr Palmer’s research is interested in processes of change and disruption, and how design[er]s respond to controversy and failure. With a particular focus on housing, she proposes the employment of an actor-network lens to think relationally about housing provision.


April 9 2018: Pop Up projects VerDuS SURF meet each other!

The researchers met up in Utrecht to present their Pop Up projects from VerDuS SURF. Carla Huisman presented the project Samen wonen, samen onderzoeken. [read more]

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ENHR 2018
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Next ENHR conference: “More together, more apart: Migration, densification, segregation” Uppsala, Sweden 26-29 June 2018 (including the New Housing Researchers Colloquium on the 26th)


“Collaborative Housing: More Together?” ENHR Conference 2018 in Uppsala, Sweden

The co-ordinators of the ENHR working group “Collaborative Housing” invite abstracts related but not limited to this year’s ENHR conference topic, with a particular focus on the links between collaborative housing forms and social cohesion.
In addition to the themes of the Working Group, this year we would like to particularly encourage papers addressing “Collaborative Housing in Nordic countries”.

Deadline for the Abstract Submission: extended untill 20/04/2018
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 30/04/2018
Deadline to submit a full paper: 01/06/2018

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