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Project Abstract

Focusing on the retrofitting of existing residential subdivisions, CAPA.CITY develops a theoretical and operational framework to build collective capabilities and create smart and robust urban ecosystems. CAPA.CITY will initiate capacity building processes in 6 residential subdivisions located in Belgium, Denmark and France with 3 location-based experiential learning methods : envisioning, pre-enacting and prototyping.

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Residential subdivisions

A detached single family house in a residential subdivision remains the most popular housing preference in Europe. But when density is too low, energy consumption too high, car dependency too big... A durable transformation of residential subdivisions requires collective learning processes during which residents, local authorities and organisations develop alternative scenarios.

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Research objectives

Operationalize the development of collective capabilities by developing a theoretical and operational framework helping both academics and professionals to build the collective capabilities that are necessary to support ‘the creation of smart and robust urban ecosystems.

Collective Capabilities

Method

1° Focus on residential subdivisions retroffiting / 2° Action research initiating capacity building processes in 6 residential subdivisions located in Belgium, Denmark and France / 3° Location-based experiential learning methods ( telling, making, enacting).

Expected results

The expected results are a theoretical framework directed at academics, and an operational framework directed at professionals; local authorities, local communities, etc. and a learning network on capacity building to retrofit residential subdivisions.

Neighbourhoods

Oud-Turnhout (B) (Demand for more affordable houses). Lanaken (B) (Retrofit residential subdivisions) Viby (Dk) (increase quality of residential subdivisions in a well equipped area) Périgueux (F) (stop population decrease by mining buildable plots in developed areas). Aix-En-Provence (F) (Growing population, lack of available land).

Conceptual frameworks

“Collective learning methods” (Brandt et al. =, 2013)
“Experiential learning” (Kolb, 1985), “Key collective
capabilities” (Baser & Morgan, 2008).

Blog

Learn here about the research steps, events, resources.

Project consortium

Project coordinator Hasselt University (Belgium). Project Partner 2
Intrastructures (Belgium). Project Partner 3 Roskilde University (Denmark).
Project Partner 5 Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille
(France). Project Partner 6 Lab InVivo (France)

Meet The Team

Contact

OSWALD DEVISCH
Hoofddocent – Associate Professor
Faculteit Architectuur & Kunst – Faculty of Architecture & Arts

T +32(0)11 29 21 19 – GSM +32(0)485 96 80 61

www.uhasselt.be
Universiteit Hasselt – Campus Diepenbeek
Agoralaan Gebouw D – B-3590 Diepenbeek
Kantoor E-B07

Universiteit Hasselt

www.uhasselt.be

Universiteit Hasselt - Campus Diepenbeek Agoralaan Gebouw D - B-3590 Diepenbeek Kantor E-B07

Roskilde Universitet

www.ruc.dk

Universitesvej 1, 4000 Roskilde, Danemark

+45 46 74 20 00

École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Marseille

www.marseille.archi.fr

Parc national des Calanques, 184 Avenue de Luminy, 13009 Marseille

+33 4 91 82 71 00

Intrastructures

info@infrastructures.net

Rue du Prévôt 10 1050 Brussels - Belgium

+32 486 295 634

Lab In Vivo

http://lab-invivo.eu

117 rue François de Sourdis 33000 Bordeaux

+33 6 50 89 20 11