New Europe #1 -
Cohousing in Europe : Building our homes, living together
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 2016
TYPE/ Social innovation, urban development, rbanism research - Pakhuis de Zwijger
PROJECT/ The housing crisis is major issue, as it becomes more and more difficult for low income or middle-class families, students, artists to find decent and affordable housing in European cities. While traditional developers and the public sector do not meet the demand for affordable housing, we observe the re-emergence of community-led housing across Europe. Groups of citizen unit forces to design and finance and build their own houses.
This article collects stories of these co-housing communities, from Barcelona, to Berlin, London and Amsterdam. I try to understand their motivations, instruments they used to achieve their projects but also multiple challenges they face throughout their experience.
I also published 3 articles focused on each co-housing project :
About the magazine:
This issue is part of the project ‘New Europe-Cities in Transition’ initiated by Pakhuis de Zwijger (Amsterdam) in 2014 and co-founded by the European Union. New Europe is an online and offline platform that presents bottom-up initiatives and social innovation projects in Europe and gathers a network of ‘City Makers’ (active citizens, activists, engaged civil servants, creative entrepreneurs etc.). This issue of New Europe #1 highlights the diversity and vivacity of grass-roots initiatives all over Europe.