Social inclusion, Urban development

Holistic Dwelling


Who is behind this?

Julia Tournaire

Holistic Dwelling


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project wants to develop and prototype an experimental housing program responding to new ways of living and working in Europe. The aim is to test how dwelling can take part to the current social and economical changes by temporarily hosting new workers, like social or city entrepreneurs, in a dedicated space. The proposal seeks to help them construct their living conditions and have a positive impact on society at the same time.

Where will your idea take place?

Paris Metropolis, France

Why does Europe need your idea?

After the current economic crisis, some people become more and more entrepreneurs of their life and their city. They rethink their relation to work and to society to develop their urban resiliency. But while entrepreneurship is supported, especially the social one, cities don’t necessarily offer these new workers a place to live during this stage of uncertainty. The rigid housing conditions in Europe actually originates living precariousness or even prevent them from developing their projects.

What is your impact?

- To build a network of actors supporting the issue, combining civil society and institutional actors (private or public, from both housing and working realms).
- Prototyping a new model of housing program and space in an unoccupied existing building (thinking about a new domesticity, a way of combining communal and autonomous living and a way of administrating) .

How do you get there?

- 0 : Open call for both residents with social projects and partners + partnership with a private or public landlord of an unused space.
- 1 : Workshops and conferences with urban experts in the found space (architects, urbanists, sociologists, engineers, craftsmen, legal experts, asset managers, social entrepreneurs…) and the partners - 3 months -.
- 2 : Implementation of the prototype in the space (co-conception and construction with the previous experts) - 3 months -.
- 3 : Test of the prototype : coliving with the representatives residents (about 10) - 6 months -.
- 4 : Residents’ and experts’ feedbacks + conclusion with an exhibition in the space.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

- New urban dwellers that can be accommodated to develop their ideas for a new resiliency. Their new ways of living would be recognized by the traditional housing actors, and their dwelling precarity by the new economic sector.
- Cities and their inhabitants that would benefit from the development of these social impact projects.
- Architects so that they become again cities’ entrepreneurs and develop their ability to advocate the problem of housing in Europe.

What makes your idea stand apart?

- Dealing with new ways of working and living, this time through dwelling. Considering housing as an apparatus for individual and cities development.
- Developed by architects urbanists that have a transversal and self-reflexive position as city thinkers, space designers, and precarious independent workers developing social impact projects as well.
- Bringing together protagonists from different fields, as actors of the city-making process (urbanists, institutions and entrepreneurs.)

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 250000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

- office expenses (internet, office supplies, electricity) = 3 000 euros - travel costs (participants, speakers) = 4 000 euros - space expenses (electricity, water, internet) = 6 000 euros - space rental = 23 000 euros - construction and materials = 120 000 euros - fees speakers / experts = 4 000 euros - fees professionals = 50 000 euros - public relations (design, printing, leaflets, documentation) = 5 000 euros - fees workshops = 5 000 euros - personal costs = 30 000 euros

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are looking for people interested and concerned by the dwelling question for social entrepreneurs and the new resilient generation.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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