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Solidary Mobile Housing Co-Creation Project

Solidary Mobile Housing INNOVIRIS Co-Creation Project Supervisor: Yves Schoonjans Co-sup: Burak Pak Researcher: Aurelie de Smet

Solidair Mobiel Wonen is a project of the Living Team of Samenlevingsopbouw Brussel , the Faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven , BC Architects bvba and CAW Brussel , and mainly financed by Innoviris , which searches for and experiments with possibly innovative and resilient living models, based on the housing problems in our capital. It originated from Atelier Caricole , an initiative to start the search for affordable and quality homes with homeless people. In 2016, it was finally decided to respond to the offer by launching a co-creation project for mobile homes: SwotMobiel.

The project links three objectives: the creation of a temporary housing solution for homeless people, the use of wasteland in the capital, and the dynamism of the urban environment and neighborhood residents. All this is done through a far-reaching co-creation process.

The temporary residences are designed and built by and with the future residents as well as teachers and students of the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture , in collaboration with BC Architects bvba , and are modular and mobile. They can therefore be adapted to the wishes and needs of the respective occupant, but also to the situation on the site where they are placed. A semi-public collective space is also an integral part of the project, and is always tailored to the needs and wishes of the group of residents involved. It is certain that this space is central, facilitates communal life and mutual solidarity, and encourages encounters and interaction with the neighborhood.

In addition, the future residents are fully involved and supervised in every phase of the project, both individually by the CAW and collectively by Samenlevingsopbouw Brussel , so that they gradually regain control of their own living and living situation, but also for example, learn communication skills and learn to function in a good way in a group.

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