OMGEVING cvba worked on the INDIGO research in collaboration with partners KU Leuven, UAntwerp and Harokopio University of Athens. This research investigates whether forms of co-ownership or shared land use, inspired by ‘commons’, can offer a way out to slow down ‘urban sprawl’. New practices often conflict with the public-private dichotomy that is used to categorize actors, to distinguish between the political and the economic sphere, to characterize spaces and / or to differentiate them in ownership structures. ‘Commons’, on the other hand, are of a different order: they are neither public nor private, do not form an ‘intermediate category’, but constitute their own category.
OMGEVING cvba investigated whether ‘commons’ could support the demand for affordable housing. In particular, how the housing project ‘Collectief Goed’ in Antwerp, as a collective housing model for vulnerable target groups, can offer an innovative approach to the demand for affordable housing. This scientific research started in 2015 and continues until the end of 2018. It was carried out with the support of the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT).
The research results have been published in no. 39 of the magazine RUIMTE (VRP) and they will also appear in an INDIGO book. This book will be presented to the press at the closing event on the 13th of November 2018 in De National in Antwerp.