This research project starts from the observation that interrelated social and spatial problems in large-scale social estates are generally tackled independently from one another.

The overall aim of this project is to develop an integrated approach towards the renovation of the public and collective spaces of such estates. These approaches will be developed, tested and refined via an evaluation of existing projects in Paris, of an ongoing living lab experience in Milan and in new living lab projects in Brussels and Paris. In these labs we examine how social tenants can be effectively involved in renovation processes, but also how such involvement can be aligned with top-down planning processes.



SoHoLab – The regeneration of large-scale social housing estates through living labs
Duration: 2017–2020
Contact: Prof. Dr. Michael Ryckewaert, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Budget: 1.067.030 EUR
Partners: Cosmopolis – Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Société du Logement de la Région Bruxelles Capitale, Samenlevingsopbouw, Habitat et Rénovation, DAStU – Politecnico di Milano, Éupolis Lombardia, Osservatorio Regionale sulla Condizione Abitativa – Regione Lombardia, Azienda Lombarda Edilizia Residenziale, Associazione Temporiuso, AHTTEP – AUSSER – École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris La Villette, AA Feraru, Immobilière 3F




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