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Collaborative Housing

Part 1: What is Collaborative Housing?

“Collaborative housing” is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of collectively self-organised and self-managed housing forms. These include, but are not limited to, resident-led cooperatives, cohousing, self-help housing projects, eco-villages or Community Land Trusts. Recent research shows that collaborative housing is experiencing a re-emergence in the last decades, as a response to a series of social, economic and environmental drivers. This lecture will explain what collaborative housing is and the reasons for its revival, reflecting on how it can help solve many of today’s housing challenges.

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Dr Darinka Czischke
Associate Professor

Department of Management in the Built Environment

TU Delft

Darinka is associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. In 2014 she was awarded the Delft Technology Fellowship to develop her research on Collaborative Housing. She is the founder of the Co-Lab Research group at the TU Delft and co-founder of the working group ‘Collaborative Housing’ at the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR).


Since 2018 she serves as board member of ENHR coordination committee, and in July 2021 she joined the advisory board of the Dutch association of housing cooperatives, Cooplink. Darinka has published extensively about social, affordable and collaborative housing in comparative international perspective.


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