Collaborative Use of the Existing Building Stock - Perspectives for Families (BegeFa)

In the course of the building turnaround and climate change as well as rising construction and housing costs, the conversion of existing buildings to residential use is becoming increasingly important. It is challenging in terms of urban planning, typology and economics, while at the same time enabling innovative mixed uses (see Reichenbach-Behnisch et al 2017). Community projects in particular show unusual ways of sharing resources. They exploit opportunities for differentiated housing needs and the combination of housing with commercial, cultural, educational and social activities. At the same time, the digitalization push in the world of work is blurring the spatial and social distinction between living and working. The demands on housing are changing. For families in particular, these developments present both opportunities and challenges. Against this backdrop, the interdisciplinary project sheds light on the potentials and obstacles of communally activated housing stock from a spatial and social science perspective. From a spatial science perspective, the focus is on questions of adaptability and the use of community projects as well as their socio-ecological impact. Following the BBSR-funded study "Families in communal forms of housing" Dürr et al 2021), the social science perspective focuses on families and extended family networks. Using the example of existing communal projects, the interweaving of housing space and housing form-specific conditions with the everyday practices of producing family, of "Doing Family" (Jurczyk 2020), will be examined. The overall project consists of two consecutive projects. The project applied for here focuses on the systematic survey of existing community projects. Explorative family and expert interviews as well as a practical workshop generate relevant research dimensions as well as scientific and practical results, which will be empirically deepened in a follow-up project with the investigation of case studies.

BBSR Zukunftbau Researchfunding more Information

Kontakt: Dr. Isabel Glogar

Research Framework: April 2024 – March 2025

Funding: BBSR Zukunft Bau Förschungsförderung

Stiftung Trias

Stiftung Öko-sozial / GLS Treuhand

Cooperationpartner: Deutschen Jugendinstitut (DJI)

Professur für Urban Design, Professur für Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Benedikt Boucsein

Principal Investigator: Dr. Isabel Glogar


Research Partners:

Deutsches Jugendinstitut, Fachgruppe Familienpolitik und Familienförderung

Dr. Martina Heitkötter, Dr. Laura Castiglioni