Bruno Taut - Schillerpark
@Museum Het Schip

Conference | Cooperative Housing - Lessons from the past, solutions for the future

  • Starting location: Museum Het Schip

Cooperative Housing - Lessons from the past, solutions for the future

How new forms of cooperative housing can tackle urgent housing challenges in Europe and the Netherlands

A conference will be held in Museum Het Schip about new and traditional forms of cooperative housing in Europe and the Netherlands. The conference is organised by Museum Het Schip and the European Federation For Living (EFL). Various interesting speakers will comment on the current state of affairs regarding cooperative thinking based on their own knowledge and experience.

Cooperative housing and related cooperative building have a long tradition in a number of countries in Europe, with each country having it's own legislation, financing and organization. Though cooperative housing has often changed in all these countries, it is still current. Nowadays all kinds of new housing initiatives are emerging that are based on the cooperative idea. From a large-scale on a European level  to others small-scale from bottom-up. The basic principle is that people do not opt ​​for rental or private ownership but for a non-profit way of joint ownership with joint control.

The cooperative housing conference is being organized as part of the exhibition ‘Beyond the fantasy’ in Museum Het Schip about the German architect Bruno Taut, who devoted himself to the cooperative movement at the start of the last century. In addition to the historical development of the cooperatives and the role of Bruno Taut, the symposium also focuses on the current situation with innovations. The various initiatives at European level and the new projects of housing cooperatives in the Netherlands in particular are discussed extensively.


Tickets: Please contact us!

Please download here the program of the symposium.

PROGRAM (will be adjusted soon)

Visit to the museum

11.00 Guided tour around Het Schip and with a visit to the Bruno Taut exhibition

12.30 – 13.00 Small lunch


Symposium Moderator: Lisette Molenaar

13.00 – 13.10 Welcome word by Ben Pluijmers, chairman EFL

13.10 – 13.40 Keynote speaker Andreas Hofer, intendant IBA’27 Stuttgart

Former director Zürich based housing cooperative ‘Mehr als Wohnen’. Cooperative Housing as a social, architectural and ecological challenge in Europe

13.40 – 13.55 Renate Amann (Berliner Bau- und Wohnungsgenossenschaft von 1892)

Bruno Taut and his influence on the cooperative movement

13.55 – 14.10 Dirk Lönnecker , LiM Living in Metropolises SCE

The first Pan-European Housing Cooperative

14.10 – 14.40 Coffee break

14.40- 14.55 Maarten van Poelgeest, cordinator cooperative housing City of Amsterdam

14.55 – 15.10 Gerard Roemers, Wooncoöperatie De Warren, Amsterdam

15.10 – 15.25 Arie Lenkeek, Woongenootschap Rotterdam

15.25 – 15.40 Bart Geerink, director Amsterdamsche Coöperatieve Woningvereeniging ‘Samenwerking’

15.40 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 16.45 Panel Discussion: Visions for cooperative housing initiatives in the Netherlands today

Andreas Hofer, Maarten van Poelgeest, Egbert de Vries (director Amsterdam Federation of Housing Associations) and Dirk Lönnecker

16.45 – 17.30 Network drink




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