Collective housing: A new habitat for living in Brussels

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In Brussels, the need for affordable housing is entangled with the necessity to reduce the environmental impact of housing. The current climate 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 identifi es mismatches between housing preferences and the current housing production. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBrussels
Commissioning bodyINNOVIRIS - Brussels Institute for scientific research
Number of pages196
ISBN (Print)9789461170972
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameUrban Notebooks


  • Housing
  • Collective housing
  • Brussels


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