During the book launch of ‘Together: Towards collaborative living’, the authors will explain why collaborative living is experiencing a revival in the Netherlands and what best housing practices enable this living form. In the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis, more and more people turn to collective self-organisation to provide housing that is community-oriented, environmentally sustainable and affordable. But why is it so difficult for these initiatives to get off the ground? Together with practitioners in the Dutch housing sector and collaborative housing advocates, the future of collaborative housing will be discussed. Who can take the main lead in the co-creation of housing? What projects can already be celebrated? And what can the Netherlands learn from other European examples?

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About the speakers

Dr Darinka Czischke is Associate Professor in Housing and Social Sustainability at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft. She is the founder of the Co-Lab Research group and co-founder of the working group ‘Collaborative Housing’ at the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR).

Marije Peute is an anthropologist, specialised in urban and digital cultures. She is affiliated with the TU Delft Co-Lab Research group and currently working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, at the department Media Studies.

Sara Brysch is an Architect and a PhD candidate at Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, focusing on the design of affordable collaborative housing. She is a member of the Co-Lab Research group at TU Delft.

Zeno Winkels is general director at the Woonbond. The Woonbond is committed to representing the interests of renters in the Netherlands. For Winkels, tackling the housing crisis is at the top of the agenda.

Richard Ronald is Professor of Housing and Chair of Political and Economic Geographies (PEG) at the University of Amsterdam. He is the current Editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘Contemporary City’ book series and former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Housing Policy.

Mosgan Tofighi is housing project manager at Rochdale Amsterdam. She is the driving force behind the Vreeswijkpad project in Amsterdam South East, where Rochdale is creating a management cooperative by bringing together five different resident groups from diverse backgrounds.

Mira Nekova is Architect/ Partner at Time to Access. Nekova has an MA in Architecture at the TU Delft and work experience at SeARCH and MKA. She specializes in housing, circularity, flexibility and co-design. In 2021, Mira was nominated for the ARC21 Young Talent Award.

Julian van de Sande is a member of De Nieuwe Meent. De Nieuwe Meent is a collaborative living form completely organized around the principles of commoning.

Stephanie Zeulevoet is an associate at INBO. She has been working at INBO since 2017. The agency describes her as an expert in the field of housing cooperatives; as such, she works to realize large-scale projects that ensure housing remains affordable in the long term. Zeulevoet strives to build a mixed city, in which there is room for everyone.

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