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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: 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:

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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.















Dr. 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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Hope for Housing Birmingham Conference

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
Vincent is 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).




fotos speakers ErnstErnst Gruber, Wohnbund:consult
Ernst Gruber is an architect, researcher and moderator based in Vienna. Within the interdisciplinary team at 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.
fotos speakers KerstinKerstin 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 Van Osselaer 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 Summerschool ‘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.

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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