Project Together!

Together!
The future of living

In September and October 2021, Project Together! hosts a wide-ranging programme of talks, workshops and activities for citizens, professionals and scholars.

Project Together! starts the debate about the way we want to live together in the 21st century – in our homes and in our neighborhoods. Together! is about collaboration and collectivity.

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Challenges and opportunities 

In the Netherlands, 1 million new homes are needed by 2030.

100,000 homes must be realized in the province of South Holland before 2025.

The majority of these will have to be built in cities. This is not only a quantitative task, but urban living in the 21st century is also accompanied by major challenges in areas such as affordability, sustainability, quality of life, inclusiveness and life course stability. To fulfill this task, cooperation between businesses, government, knowledge institutes and citizens is needed: we can do this together!

Programme of events

The programme will be structured in three main themes:

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Theme 1: “Why?” sets the scene for the discussion, which will focus on the societal drivers and motivations that lead to the development of collaborative housing initiatives. It will include a research seminar, where scholars from all over the world will discuss these topics from a broad and interdisciplinary perspective.

Theme 2: “How?” has a more practical approach. It intends to bring together different testimonies and experiences from the different actors involved in collaborative housing, on the area of design, financing, management, among others. Master classes will be provided for both national and international professionals who work with innovative collaborative housing projects.

Theme 3: “Take action!” is designed to focus on concrete actions (policies and strategies) necessary to increase and improve the development of collaborative housing in The Netherlands. This will also include a set of workshops focused on important issues related to the overarching theme such as co-design, alternative living layouts, collective self-organization, community support.

Additionally and throughout the year 2021, we also plan to carry out the following activities:

  • Delft Housing Laboratory: students work with citizens and companies on innovative housing solutions. They are supported by teachers from TU Delft, staff from the Province of South Holland and the municipality of Delft. Students do a group internship at the province and municipality and their graduation project will be part of the Housing Laboratory.
  • Guided visits: at old and new innovative collaborative housing projects in and around Delft.

Impact

Educational: by having a diverse audience visiting Delft and to come into contact with the themes that the exhibition highlights, from scientists to professionals to citizens.

Societal: by strengthening the profile of Delft as a city that sets the tone in innovative approaches and connects architecture with important societal developments (aging and health care; social inclusiveness; the transition to sustainability; vibrant urban communities; etc.).

Political: by developing a manifesto with concrete action points to increase the commitment of politicians and the minister.

Economic: by creating new partnerships and alliances for the innovative production of housing and by demonstrating the involvement of Dutch businesses in important social developments.

Core partners:

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