European Collaborative Housing Day 2019CoHabitat Network

European Collaborative Housing Day

Reinventing affordable housing from the bottom up

Join us on June 5th and 6th, 2019 in Lyon, France at the International Social Housing Festival!

To participate in the EUROPEAN COLLABORATIVE HOUSING AWARDS submit your project by May 7th (details below)!


Across Europe, housing is becoming increasingly unaffordable and a factor of exclusion. At the same time, citizens and housing practitioners organize to plan alternatives for more sustainable and inclusive communities. Some public authorities are also at the forefront of defending housing as commons, not commodities.

The European Collaborative Housing Day is an initiative of the CoHabitat Network facilitated by UrbaMonde in collaboration with a number of city-makers from across Europe. It aims to showcase inspiring civic initiatives, but also raises awareness and lays out a roadmap for the effective support of these community-led processes by public and private actors (in the institutional and financial realms). It also highlights links between the spheres of Collaborative Housing and the social economy, culture, digital technology and academic research.

The European Collaborative Housing Day is the third edition of this kind (following the Collaborative Housing Days in Louvain-la-Neuve in 2016 and Berlin in 2017).

Preliminary program


European Collaborative Housing Awards 2019

Reinventing collaborative housing from the bottom up

The European Collaborative Housing Awards shed light on outstanding collaborative housing initiatives from across Europe that have succeeded in reinventing social housing from the bottom up.

We welcome submissions from collaborative housing initiatives having implemented and completed a housing project in Europe.

To participate, submit your project and share your story on by May 7th!

Submissions are welcome in English, French and Spanish.
Deadline: May 7th, 2019

Why participate?

  • Present your project at the European Collaborative Housing Day, which will take place during the International Social Housing Festival on June 5th and 6th in Lyon, France.
  • Share your experiences and network with inspiring organizations from the field of housing and urban development.
  • Receive a public recognition (European Collaborative Housing Award) and gain public exposure and visibility.
  • Enter the shortlist of the World Habitat Awards 2020 (organized by World Habitat and UN-Habitat).
  • Be part of a growing community of peers!

Selection criteria

  • Impact and scale of the housing solution
  • Replicability and scalability
  • Community participation (co-design and self-organization)
  • Long-term affordability and non-speculative approach towards housing development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social inclusion
  • Capacity to overcome adversities
  • Capacity to leverage partnerships with different stakeholders and actors of the urban fabric


If you do not yet have a project profile on

  1. Create an account on
  2. Click on “add a project” (bottom right corner of the map).
  3. Describe your project and upload at least 1 illustration or photo.
  4. Submit your contact details and project to the award.

If you already have a project profile on

  1. Update your project profile.
  2. Submit your contact details and project to the award.

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Selection process

A selection committee composed of the following people will review the submitted projects and notify selected projects by May 15th:

  • Co-Lab Research (Luz Maria Vergara, Sara Brysch & Valentina Cortés Urra)
  • Mariana Gallo, World Habitat
  • Sorcha Edwards and Michalis Goudis, Housing Europe, Belgium
  • Julie LaPalme, Co-operative Housing International, Canada
  • Alonso Ayala, Maartje Van Eerd, Bahar Sakizlioglu Uitermark, IHS
  • Sara Travaglini, Dar=Casa, Italy
  • Adriá Garcia i Mateu, Housing Cooperative La Borda (European Collaborative Housing Awardee 2016), Spain