RE-DWELL will participate at the ISHF 2023 in Barcelona, 7-9 June 2023.
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Keynote David Clapham - Grenoble Conference

Posted on 14-03-2023

"Inhabitation in Nature: houses, people and practices", keynote held by David Clapham, Glasgow University, at the RE-DWELL Grenoble conference, 8 December 2022
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Keynote Doina Petrescu- Grenoble Conference

Posted on 14-03-2023

"Commons-based resliience and ecological reparation in social housing estates", keynote held by Doina Petrescu, University of Sheffield, at the RE-DWELL Grenoble conference, 9 December 2022.
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RE-DWELL Roundtable #4: How can community participation in the provision of affordable and sustainable housing be guided?

Posted on 28-07-2022

This roundtable took place in the Universitat Politècnica de València, during the Valencia Summer School, on 14 July 2022. The panel members were: • Anne Kockelkorn, Assistant Professor of Dwelling in the Department of Architecture, TU Delft.  • Blanca Pedrola, architect, Associate Professor, CEU Cardenal Herrera University. • Isabel González, architect, Fent Estudi Cooperative.   The discussion was moderated by: • Nadia Charalambous, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, UCY.

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Registration for the RE-DWELL Conference “Housing co-creation for tomorrow’s cities” is now open.

Published on 21-10-2022

  RE-DWELL Conference, Grenoble Registration for the RE-DWELL Conference “Housing co-creation for tomorrow’s cities”, Grenoble, December 8-9, 2022 is now open. Participation is only possible in-person and is free of charge. You can register at
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Two new reports published

Published on 07-10-2022

Two new reports are published in RE-DWELL website about the Budapest Worskhop and the blended learning methods and tools to support a transdisciplinary collaborative research on affordable and sustainable housing.  They can be accessed at 
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RE-DWELL exhibition. Closing session "Innovation in sustainable and affordable housing"

Published on 22-09-2022

The RE-DWELL exhibition, which began on 8 September at the Valencia Chamber of Architects, ended on 22 September 2022. Carla Sentieri from the School of Architecture of the Universitat Politècnica de València, partner of RE-DWELL, curated the exhibition. The closing session was dedicated to the theme "Innovation in affordable and sustainable housing". Leandro Madrazo, project coordinator, addressed the intertwining between housing affordability and sustainability and explained the research and training framework that is being implemented in RE-DWELL to address this issue from a holistic and transdisciplinary perspective. Video closing session: Closing session: Exhibition: 
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WasteBuild Zero conference in Amsterdam

Posted on 18-05-2023

During my current secondment in the Netherlands at TU Delft, I attended the two-day WasteBuild Zero conference at the NSDM in Amsterdam, which pushes circularity in the built environment to the forefront. There was so much to unpack after many great presentations and panel discussions with people passionate about sustainability. Speakers included practicing architects, engineers, deconstruction and demolition experts, sustainability experts, economists, and researchers. Here are some of my key takeaways:   Defining circularity: There are inconsistent ways to calculate circularity across industries and stakeholder groups, it still needs to be defined with a series of agreed metrics and measures. Embodied carbon on the other hand has clear metrics, but few countries regulate it*. Economic incentive: Circular construction and bio-based materials are more expensive; we need to make these solutions more attractive. This can be achieved by shifting taxation from labour to resources. Otherwise, demolition and downcycling are inevitable. In the UK the problem of 20% VAT levy on reuse and refurbishments as opposed to zero on demolition or new-build needs to be fixed. A lack of timber industry: For designers to responsibly specify mass timber (which also sequesters carbon) that doesn’t incur excessive embodied carbon in transport, countries other than Austria and Scandinavia need their own local timber industries. Early interdisciplinary engagement: Figuring out solutions and identifying opportunities for material reuse early-on makes it more likely to be cheaper. Demolition teams and contractors have a lot of knowledge and should lead in strategies from the get-go. Furthermore, demolition companies should also provide a disassembly team to minimise destruction and increase reuse. Flexibility: The design, budget, and scope should have more flexibility and not be fixed to test new methods and products to innovate and challenge the status quo. Pre-demolition audits: Documenting all existing materials on-site helps them go back into the supply chain, maximise reuse and know-how, and should inform the design process. Waste classification: Bodies such as the Environmental Agency are preventing the reuse of existing materials on-site such as excavated clay to make earth-blocks and tiles - there were several examples of this presented in case studies. Procurement: Contractors are not incentivised to incorporate reuse and accept a higher level of risk. Tender documents should also state on the first page the requirement for second-life materials, if it’s on page five it won’t get looked at. Warranties: We need more protocols and standardisation to speed up the warranty process, otherwise each material must be tested which takes too long and is too expensive. Risk engineers and insurers should be engaged early on. If possible, try to involve the company that originally produced the material/product. Supply chains: There is a huge gap in the supply chain, lots of materials are available but performance criteria and a lack of warranties prevent reuse. The supply chain should provide a breakdown of materials and as-built information, and should be engaged to take materials back and remanufacture them. Material passports: These are key at the demolition/disassembly and preparation stage, but there is concern over the level of information needed, it is useful at an element level (products made from few materials) otherwise we could get bogged down with too much data.   It’s tough for construction teams to make sustainable choices when we are living and working in a broken system, where it is currently acceptable to landfill almost absolutely everything and it’s often cheaper and easier to source products from China than to reuse local materials. Architects cannot rely on ‘enlightened clients’ during the continued climate crisis, to quote Hans Hammink from De Architekten Cie, we should rethink the role of the architect as “protector of materials”.   Lastly, the lack of information sharing is holding back more widespread and urgent change, research in industry is usually confidential and money is still the main driver. The transition to a circular economy will require a true sharing economy of both materials and knowledge, and we need to ensure lessons learnt are also looped back into the cycle.   See you next year WasteBuild!   *The Architects Climate Action Network UK are continuing to push forward a bill to regulate embodied carbon:

Author: A.Davis (ESR1)

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The Social Climate Fund: Materialising Just Transition Principles?

Posted on 17-05-2023

The EU's Social Climate Fund (SCF) was officially approved by the European Parliament on 18 April 2023 as part of the broader Green Deal initiative, which seeks to expand the scope of the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) to encompass buildings, transport, and other sectors. This extension of the ETS is expected to result in increased energy costs and gasoline prices for households and businesses. To assist vulnerable households, micro-enterprises, and transport users in mitigating the financial impact of these price increases, EU member states may use resources from the SCF to finance various measures and investments. The SCF will primarily be funded through the revenues generated by the new emissions trading system, with a maximum allocation of 65 billion, supplemented by national contributions. Temporarily established for the period of 2026-2032, the fund aims to provide support during this specified timeframe.   The initiation of the SCF has received praise from various NGOs advocating for a just transition. Supporters highlight its significance in integrating a social dimension into EU climate policies, despite some remaining weaknesses. The SCF’s spending rules are commended for striking a suitable balance between financing structural investments and providing temporary direct income support to vulnerable households. Investments from the Fund will enable these households to renovate their homes, adopt energy-efficient technologies, and access renewable energy and sustainable transportation. The requirement for government consultation with sub-national administrations and civil society organizations is welcomed. Notably, the SCF introduces a definition of transport poverty, aiding member states in identifying those eligible for support, marking a first in EU policy.   Regarding the aforementioned weaknesses, there exists a range of concerns. Firstly, the projected timeline may pose a limitation. Initiating green investments for vulnerable households only a year before the introduction of carbon pricing may not allow sufficient time for the desired impact. Projects related to energy renovation and improved public mobility infrastructure typically require several years to yield tangible results. Additionally, while member states are required to include consultation with various stakeholders in their national ‘Social Climate Plans’ (SCPs), the level of participatory approach outlined in the proposed regulation is minimalistic, raising concerns about ensuring procedural justice.   This landmark EU proposal offers fascinating research opportunities for me on both academic and personal levels. As my research project focuses on vulnerabilities within the European energy transition and renovation wave, I could not have asked for better data opportunities to draw comparisons between the EU member states. The SCF, with its call for national Social Climate Plans, addresses one of my key research questions, as it prompts member states to identify the most vulnerable populations in their respective countries and develop effective policies to target them. The process of identifying these vulnerable groups, engaging with them in policy drafting, and assessing the effectiveness of the resulting policies is of great interest to me. Moreover, the SCF presents an opportunity to examine the extent to which these policies are successful in achieving their goals.   By integrating the SCF into the broader Green Deal initiative, the EU demonstrates its commitment to addressing climate change while considering social equity. While there are concerns regarding the projected timeline of the SCF and the level of stakeholder participation outlined in the proposed regulation, these weaknesses could be overcome, and present additional research avenues on themselves. It goes without saying that I eagerly anticipate the further development and concretisation of SCPs and the broader SCP roll-out.

Author: T.Croon (ESR11)


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Creating impact through transdisciplinary housing research

Posted on 17-05-2023

To hear about the impact on society that academia and research are bringing about is becoming commonplace in discussions held by researchers in school meetings and doctoral conferences. The sector is evolving rapidly and donors increasingly want to see tangible evidence of the results and outcomes achieved by the projects they fund. It can be argued that this can bring undeniable pitfalls. This can inadvertently put pressure on universities to work, produce and compete in a field that increasingly resembles one of companies dominated by strict or rather unforgiving quantitative metrics presented on a spreadsheet in an annual report. The reality is that when researching complex societal issues, articulating the impact we create is almost as important as finding the perfect research question or formulating the best five-minute elevator pitch to explain what your contribution to knowledge is.   Providing affordable and sustainable housing in Europe is a research endeavour that requires a kaleidoscope of lenses working together in unison. This network intends to do so, and the secondments are the vehicle that links the lecture hall with the field, the idea with the end product, and the research question with the answer. We could argue that, in this context, they play a pivotal role in creating an impact on society.   My secondment in Clarion Housing, the largest provider of social housing in the UK with more than 125,000 homes across the country, began four months ago with a determined aim: to leverage the access granted to expertise, secondary data and, perhaps most valuable to my research, to the inhabitants of the housing estates. My project aims to interrogate the impact of housing design decisions on people's quality of life in the form of social value. As many researchers can attest, accessing and recruiting research participants can pose a colossal challenge to surmount to keep pace with the research plan.   Housing associations hold a privileged middle-ground position between tenants and local authorities. By definition, they have an abiding commitment to their beneficiaries as long-term stewards of the homes. Their social function should characterise and define the operation and management of the existing stock as well as the provision of new developments. This role enables housing associations to have a profound impact on people's lives, not only on those they serve directly, but also on the functioning of the wider community in which they operate. In this context, the degree of engagement with housing practice and the contribution that the research project can gain from the collaboration with Clarion can never be equated with research conducted within the strict confines of a mono-disciplinary enquiry.   Several practitioners at Clarion and partner organisations were interviewed about their approach to creating social value and the methods they use to measure and assess their impact on communities. At the same time, participant observation and interviews were conducted with the inhabitants of the estates to triangulate and obtain a comprehensive picture from the top-down and bottom-up. All of this has a particular interest in the long-term impacts of regeneration and development and the intangible outcomes associated with residents' well-being. But it is not just researchers who benefit from collaborating with industry partners. The position of a research secondee allows you to have something that sometimes becomes scarce in 'real-world' practice -time. Time to analyse, time to problematise and time to construe.   A researcher's inquisitive lens can help mentors see things from a different angle. Often practitioners' embeddedness in the real world prevents them from seeing the obvious, and sometimes the obvious is also the hardest thing to prove. Both the mentor and the mentee need to display a range of transferable skills to navigate changing contexts and engage in meaningful discussions with the variety of stakeholders involved. This is where the knowledge transfer takes place. These experiences are the bottom line of transdisciplinary housing research projects such as RE-DWELL, where it is first crucial to develop a comprehensive and shared appreciation of the problem at hand in order to come up with actionable innovative solutions. This is often referred to as the development of common ground between investigators, a must-have for the co-production of knowledge.   These reflections stem from the experience of conducting research in such a context and underpinned the course of the investigation while on my secondment at Clarion. The support of Dr Elanor Warwick has been fundamental to navigating this new scenario. Her extensive experience in deconstructing the boundaries between practice and academia, and the fact that she has been very much involved in the evolution of my PhD helped to make my time with the organisation highly productive. Broadening my understanding of the practical aspects of research in industry and the intrinsic constraints and demands of the sector.   Currently, data collection is still in progress. The journey has been bumpy and is likely to continue to be so. This is part of the contingent nature of fieldwork. As some experienced community consultation researchers within the RE-DWELL network avow, delving into the confines of people's lives and experiences is an undertaking that requires tact and dexterity, rightly conferred by experience and perseverance. In the meantime, I will wear a pair of field boots of stubbornness and determination and continue to try to uncover the lived experience of life in between the buildings.  

Author: L.Ricaurte (ESR15)

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The combined knowledge provided by experts from the different fields and domains will contribute to create a transdisciplinary research framework in which early-stage career researchers (ESRs) will develop their individual projects on affordable and sustainable housing.

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9 European countries. Spain, France, UK, Croatia, Hungary, Cyprus, Netherlands, Portugal and Belgium.

10 higher-education institutions. The universities are represented by experts from several disciplines related to housing: architecture and planning, building and construction, sociology, economy, and law.

12 non-academic partner organisations. Partner organisations include construction companies, private and public developers, local administrations, research and advocacy groups, housing associations, social and international organizations.

in a nutshell

15 early-stage researchers investigate affordable and sustainable housing by intertwining design, planning and building, community participation and policy and financing.

a consortium of 22 organizations covering a range of academic disciplines and professional fields working on housing

a comprehensive training programme, with network specific courses complemented with training in the PhD programmes of the host universities

a blended learning environment to integrate onsite and online activities distributed across institutions

3 Workshops in Lisbon, Budapest and Zagreb; 3 Summer Schools in Nicosia, Valencia and Reading; and 2 international conferences in Grenoble and Barcelona

25 academic supervisors and co-supervisors supporting the individual research projects

a wide range of outreach activities to engage communities and professional organizations in the research and in the exploitation of research outputs