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Seminar Schedule

Seminar schedule

Series outline (post-award draft, September 2014)



Seminar 1

Newcastle upon Tyne

11-12 Dec 2014


Day 1: New dialogues on collaboration: dismantling the public-private binary.  This session examines the conceptual terminology of collaboration, mutual support and neighbourhood organisation.  New dialogues on collaboration and sharing entail social, spatial and temporal considerations that disrupt the mainstream public-private binary

Day 2: Shifting the debate on housing: challenging who gets to build-- what, where and how. This session challenges the conventional language and categories of housing (based on metrics of rent and price), recognising questions of social justice and grassroots innovation in multiple time-space horizons (including ethical questions of legacy, stewardship, resource depletion and future-proofing).

Seminar 2


1 day. (including LILAC site visit)

17 April 2015

Beyond speculation: de-commoditising property  in collaborative housing

This seminar takes a critical look at novel social-legal models (such as mutual home ownership) intended to limit property speculation. It identifies different ways of measuring affordability on a continuum of needs, reflecting the growing variety of under-provided population groups (including artists, non-profit workers, low-income families, senior citizens etc.), and changes in the meaning of and use of housing through different life transitions. 

Seminar 3

1 day

Lancaster Cohousing

26 June 2015

Breaking out of the brick box:  interrogating the socio-spatial form of cohousing.  This seminar critically examines what distinguishes cohousing from other forms of community-led/community-based development, including ‘gated’ common interest communities, focusing on the sense of shared endeavour entailed in the co-creation and co-management of communal space.

Seminar 4


1 day

14 September 2015

Collaborative housing, mutual support and specialist care.

This event focuses on the challenges and opportunities in collaborative housing for supporting mutual self-reliance and providing specialist care (whether directly or by communities as commissioning entities). This draws attention to a continuum of need (ageing, disability, isolation) and different models.

Seminar 5


1 day

Spring 2016


Sharing in the future: how collaboration influences ecological behaviour

Starting from a growing body of research and data focusing on mechanisms and cultures of sharing (and solidarity economies) this event considers how the socio-technical architectures of collaboration influence behaviour and the notion of ecological citizenship.



Seminar 6


1 day conference

June 21 2016

Mainstreaming cohousing in urban development: barriers to knowledge transfer. This event reflects on the key concepts developed in the series to establish a common frame of definition. It considers ways to unblock the process of learning from reference projects; to ‘professionalise’ the process of community group collaboration with expert partners without undermining grassroots autonomy and creativity.

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