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Publication date:15/07/2021

COLLECTIVE HOUSING

A new habitat for living in Brussels

by: Joren Sansen & Michael Ryckewaert

Urban notebooks / Stadsschriften / Cahiers Urbains

In Brussels, the need for affordable and middleincome housing is entangled with the necessity to reduce the environmental impact of housing. The current climatological and health crises demand us to improve the resilience of our human habitat in the city. In planning and developing new collective housing projects, private and public developers alike are struggling to find the right answer to these questions.

In this book, we present a research that identifies mismatches between housing preferences and housing offer. These mismatches are affected by the design of collective housing projects and by how they are produced. By confronting the
Brussels’ examples with cases from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Hamburg we identify alternative design and organisation strategies.

The cases offer examples to design collective and circulation spaces that mitigate privacy issues and allow multiple use, and show how residents and intermediaries in Baugruppen or cooperatives take responsibility in housing development, design, and management. The book concludes with a reflection of how these lessons learned could be implemented in Brussels’ housing and urban planning policy.
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COLLECTIVE HOUSING
Author(s): Joren Sansen & Michael Ryckewaert
ISBN: 9789461170972
Format: 17 x 24
Number of pages 196
Language: English

About the author(s)

Joren Sansen is an urbanist and social and economic geographer. As a researcher at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research he specialises in the theme of housing and its interrelated spatial and socio-economic aspects. His research is characterised by the use of interdisciplinary methods, combining qualitative and quantitative research techniques with a special focus on mapping and visual representation.

Michael Ryckewaert is an engineer-architect and urban planner. He is associate professor of urban planning at Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he coordinates the Master in Urban Design and Spatial Planning. His research focuses on housing and housing policy, spatial planning, urbanism history and theory, and the role of economic activities in urbanization.

With contributions by Yves Van de Casteele, Benoit Moritz and Benoît Périlleux

 

De reeks Stadsschriften/Cahiers Urbains/Urban notebooks staat breed open voor onderwerpen die de stad en stedelijkheid onderzoeken en maatschappelijk in discussie brengen. De reeks wordt geleid door een interdisciplinair en interuniversitair samengestelde redactieraad.

 

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