About this website
Welcome on the Solidary Mobile Housing Virtual Exhibition Website! From our ‘main page‘ you can access several ‘exhibition rooms‘, in which we are presenting the different aspects of the project. On the ‘get involved‘ page you will find our calendar, from which you will be able to join several of our activities. If you want to contact us, please visit the ‘contact‘ page and leave us a message.
Don’t forget to watch the recorded presentation of our booklaunch. To do so click here.
We are very curious to hear your feedback and input on our project!
About the Solidary Mobile Housing project
Solidary Mobile Housing is a co-creation between the Team Wonen of Samenlevingsopbouw Brussel vzw, the Faculty of Architecture of the KU Leuven and Centrum Algemeen Welzijnswerk Brussel vzw in collaboration with a group of eight inhabitants from the Brussels-Capital Region facing precarious housing conditions.
Moreover, several professionals from the Brussels-Capital Region, such as BC Architects bvba, Casablanco, Atelier Groot Eiland and Sociale Innovatie Fabriek also contributed to the design of the project, its technical implementation and skill-building and support activities aiming at upscaling its potentials.
Against the backdrop of the current affordable housing crisis and the growing interest in temporary use of Waiting Spaces, the project explored the ways in which the urban landscape can be made more resilient and democracy in the housing sector can be improved.
From 2017 to 2019 the Solidary Mobile Housing Co-creators worked on developing, testing and finetuning a resilient model for the co-creation of solidary living in mobile homes on urban Waiting Spaces in the Brussels-Capital Region.
At this point, the Solidary Mobile Housing project is far from realised. The on-site demonstration is still in progress and through an ongoing Proof of Concept Study we are currently researching the feasibility and viability for scaling-up the Solidary Mobile Housing Model.
The Solidary Mobile Housing project has four objectives:
1. Developing co-design and co-creation processes focused on empowering the various stakeholders, by actively and interactively involving them from the start.
2. Developing an innovative, mobile and modular type of housing for the most vulnerable users, where collectivity and solidarity are central.
3. Creating and strengthening small-scale solidarity networks in interaction with the immediate environment (the street, the neighbourhood, the city).
4. Involving vulnerable people in the discussion on the temporary use of urban Waiting Spaces.
These objectives were explored through a far-reaching design driven participatory action research process, in which the future inhabitants and NPO’s were included from the beginning.
The Solidary Mobile Housing project is mainly funded by the BCR’s Research Institution INNOVIRIS, under the Co-create and Proof of Concept programs, and by the BCR’s Minister responsible for Housing, Quality of Life, Environment and Energy, Céline Frémault. Other funding agencies are Actiris, Koning Boudewijnstichting, the Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie and the municipality of Jette.