CoHousing Here is a vital discussion about resident-led housing, architecture, community and affordability.
Bringing together innovators, policymakers and activists it challenges us to think about participative design, innovative home and community building, democratic urban planning, and agency for residents in the creation of their homes.
CoHousing Here aims to inform the Irish public in regard to alternative, socially and environmentally sustainable housing models, which encourage and facilitate diversity, adaptability and community development. CoHousing Here is designed to inspire Irish people as to the possibilities for participating in and contributing to high quality diverse urban neighbourhoods, as well as the potential for self-organised development.
CoHousing Here! brings together speakers from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy, the UK and Ireland who will approach themes of collaboration, participation and social agency in cohousing.
Carles Baiges Camprubí
URBAN SOCIOLOGIST AND ARCHITECT→
Carles Baiges Camprubí
URBAN SOCIOLOGIST AND ARCHITECT
Carles is an architect (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) and urban sociologist (Universiteit van Amsterdam). He’s a partner of the cooperative of architects Lacol and activist at the housing cooperative La Borda. He mainly works and researches on citizen participation, public space and housing policies.
ARCHITECT AND CO-FOUNDER OF EUTROPIAN→
ARCHITECT AND CO-FOUNDER OF EUTROPIAN
Daniela is a co-founder of Eutropian. She is an architect and urban planner, and holds a Ph.D. in urbanism from the Technical University of Vienna. Her recent research and projects’ interest has been on the governance of peri-urban landscape, the revitalisation of local food markets, economic models for community-based urban development and strategies to tackle urban poverty.
Dr. Michael LaFond
URBAN ACTIVIST AND COHOUSING EXPERT→
Dr. Michael LaFond
URBAN ACTIVIST AND COHOUSING EXPERT
Michael is a Community Developer, Project Manager, Common Good Urban Activist and CoHousing Expert. He is a founder of id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability, whose work involves studying, supporting and publicising relationships among self-organized housing, post-growth urban development processes, regeneration and sustainability. He is also a resident and organiser of Spreefeld CoHousing.
Geert De Pauw
ACTIVIST AND COMMUNITY WORKER→
Geert De Pauw
ACTIVIST AND COMMUNITY WORKER
Geert has been active for more than 20 years for the right to housing in Brussels. In 2008, following a study visit to the Champlain Housing Trust in Burlington, he started advocating for the establishment of a Community Land Trust in Brussels. He coordinated the feasibility study for the establishment of a CLT, and since the official establishment of CLT Brussels in 2013.
UK SENIOR COHOUSING AMBASSADOR→
UK SENIOR COHOUSING AMBASSADOR
Maria is the UK Cohousing Network’s Senior Cohousing Ambassador. For many years she has worked with the OWCH (Older Women’s Cohousing) Group, who at the end of 2016, moved in to ‘New Ground’ Cohousing in North London, the UK’s first and only Senior Cohousing Community. Maria has researched and written about cohousing in various countries, and is an enthusiastic advocate of this way of living.
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SURVEYOR→
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SURVEYOR
Stephen is a chartered planning and development surveyor, working as an independent public interest practitioner. He has visited the USA and Canada as a Churchill Fellow, and his research describes what can happen when the ‘state’ and ‘citizens' collaborate to design alternative approaches to housing and neighbourhood development through community developed and owned housing.
HOUSING POLICY OFFICER, THE GLA→
HOUSING POLICY OFFICER, THE GLA
Temitope is a Policy Officer working in the Homes for Londoners team at the Greater London Authority. She is responsible for contributing to the development and review of housing policies, with a focus on supporting the growth of the community-led housing sector. She joined the housing policy team at a time when the London Community-Led Housing Hub was established and oversees its administration.
ARCHITECT AND PARTICIPATIVE DESIGN EXPERT→
ARCHITECT AND PARTICIPATIVE DESIGN EXPERT
Inka is an expert in participative design and founder of archid, a practice which focuses on environmentally and socially sustainable architecture. Inka offers experience not only in design and management, but also as a client representative in a wide range of projects, starting from single family homes to settlements with more than 200 housing units.
PLANNER AND URBANIST, AMSTERDAM→
PLANNER AND URBANIST, AMSTERDAM
Jacqueline is a Dutch planner and urbanist who manages experimental urban developments. In doing this she firmly believes that people should be able to shape their own homes and living environments. As the project manager of the Homeruskwartier in Almere with 1400 individual plots she has been responsible for the largest self-build area in the Netherlands.
Senior Architect, LCCC & SAUL→
Senior Architect, LCCC & SAUL
Rosie is the Senior Architect in Economic Development at LCCC. She leads programmes of work to stimulate the historic city centres of Limerick City, its towns and villages. She is also a lecturer at University of Limerick and founder of the Adaptive Governance Lab at SAUL. Her research at the AGL focuses on testing new ways to build strong community networks for greater citizen involvement.
Dublin City Architect→
Dublin City Architect
Ali is Dublin City Architect and leads a multi-disciplinary team responsible for developing a broad urban design and regeneration agenda including the delivery of a diverse architectural works programme. She devised and coordinated Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014, now continuing as PIVOT Dublin. She is currently undertaking an MSc in Climate Change: Policy, Media and Society at DCU
Project Lead, HBFI→
Project Lead, HBFI
Michael was appointed as Project Lead for Home Building Finance Ireland by the Minister for Finance in July 2018. He is a former Army Officer, and joined the NTMA in 2006 as a Financial Analyst, where he worked on a number of PPP infrastructure projects. Before his appointment at HBFI he held a number of different roles at NAMA, including Deputy Head of Residential Delivery.
SOA have designed the program with attendee participation as a priority. Exciting talks from our speakers are interspersed with participative workshops, panel discussions, Q&A and film sessions.
Friday - June 14
- 08: 45 Registration
- 09: 00 Official Opening & Introduction
Session 1: TOP DOWN: THE CITY/POLICY
- 09: 30 Dr Michael LaFond (id22, Berlin) The Cooperative City
- 09: 50 Temitope Moses (Greater London Authority) Impact of Community Led Housing in London
- 10: 05 Jacqueline Tellinga (Amsterdam) Cooperative Urban Development as Policy
- 10: 25 Response & Audience Discussion Dr Michael LaFond, Temitope Moses, Jacqueline Tellinga, Ali Grehan
- 11: 00 Break
Session 2: GROUND UP: THE PIONEERS
- 11: 30 Stephen Hill (National CLT Network) Growth of UK Cohousing & CLT Movements
- 11: 50 Geert de Pauw (Community Land Trust Bruxelles) CLT as a means to affordable CoHousing
Session 3: IRISH RESPONSE
- 12: 10 Rosie Webb Developments in Limerick, Citizen Participation in Design
- 12: 25 Ali Grehan Making Sites Work for Co-Housing in Dublin
- 12: 40 John Coleman (Land Development Agency) Allocation of Land
- 12: 55 SOA How Cohousing and CLTs can work in Ireland
- 13: 10 Response & Audience Discussion Steps to Progressing Cohousing & CLTs in Ireland Geert de Pauw, Stephen Hill, Rosie Webb, John Coleman, SOA
- 13: 40 Conclusion and Summary
- 13: 55 Close
Saturday - June 15
- 09: 30 Registration
- 09: 50 SOA Introduction
Session 1: WHY COHOUSING, HOW COHOUSING?
- 10: 00 Introductory talk Dr Michael LaFond
- 10: 20 Inka Drohn (arch.id) Participative Design Processes & Tools
- 10: 40 Maria Brenton Cohousing for the Elderly
- 10: 55 Eldon Hilliard (Common Ground CoHousing, Bray) Common Ground Bray & The MHOS Model
- 11: 05 Response & Audience Discussion Dr Michael LaFond, Maria Brenton, Davie Philip, Inka Drohn, Eldon Hilliard
- 11: 40 Break
- 12: 00 How to Form a Cohousing Group Michael LaFond, Maria Brenton, SOA, Gabriela Avram, Eldon Hilliard
- Participative Design Processes Inka Drohn, SOA, Rosie Webb, Carles Baiges Camprubí
- Forming a Community Land Trust Geert de Pauw, Stephen Hill, Emer O'Siochru, SOA, Davie Philip
- 12: 40 Workshop Review & Summary
- 13: 00 Lunch
Session 2: FINANCING APPROACHES TO COHOUSING
- 14: 00 Introductory talk Daniela Patti (Eutropian) Funding the Cooperative City
- 14: 20 Carles Baiges Camprubí (La Borda) Innovative Financing Models, The LaBorda Example
- 14: 40 Michael Broderick (Home Building Finance Ireland) Overview of HBFI Fund for Small Builders/Developers
- 14: 50 TBC Cooperative Finance in the Irish Context
- 15: 00 Response & Audience Discussion Daniella Patti, Carles Baiges Camprubí, Michael Broderick, Hugh Brennan
- 15: 40 Break
- 16: 00 Financial models for Cohousing Hugh Brennan, Carles Baiges Camprubí, SOA
- Funding the Cooperative City Daniela Patti. Michael LaFond, SOA
- 16: 30 Workshop review & Summary
- 16: 40 Concluding Reflections & Insights
- 17: 15 SOA Keynote Summary
CoHousing Here is a two-day event held on 14th and 15th June.
Day 1 (Friday) is a half-day session focused on Policy, and is recommended for housing professionals, activists, policymakers and cohousing groups.
Day 2 (Saturday) is a larger event focused on Why CoHousing? and is recommended for anyone interested in cohousing, resident-led design and alternative housing models.