The European Collaborative Housing Hub presents an opportunity for representatives from model projects, researchers, and activists in CoHousing from more than 15 countries to come together in Berlin on the 6th and 7th of October during the EXPERIMENTDAYS 17. This will take place at the CRCLR (Circular Economy) House at the VOLLGUT (Kindl Brewery) site. The events will focus on sharing experiences, the collective development of current European CoHousing initiatives, strengthening networks, and on innovative strategies for promoting sustainable housing.
Growing pressure on Europe’s housing markets – against a background of increasing social inequality and lack of access to decent housing for those in greatest need – calls for developing appropriate and inclusive housing. An expansion of the opportunities for a diversity of community-led housing forms and increased social inclusiveness in residential projects are therefore central concerns of this year’s EXPERIMENTDAYS. In addition, experts will discuss collaborative housing as an alternative urban model with respect to standardised housing construction. Further topics are the creation of appropriate political and urban planning frameworks and support, as well as the strengthening of the European Collaborative Housing Movement.
The events will feature the presentation of news and updates on exciting new developments from Berlin and other European cities, including networks such as the Mietshäuser Syndikat (Tenements’ Syndicate), Community Land Trusts from Brussels and London, experts and those involved in international projects, and also Berlin’s Futurium, a new museum and center for visionary thinking. The weekend’s packed program will also include workshops, presentations, a film screening, a book launch (CoHousing Inclusive, Jovis Verlag) and the presentation of the European Collaborative Housing Award.
Vision and practice are combined at the event’s location: the CRCLR House in the heart of Berlin’s dynamic Neukölln district is an outstanding example of the Circular Economy in action: a pioneering project that combines living, working and culture, and that is integrated with the wider neighborhood.
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