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International Co-operative Association (ICA)

Authors: Facundo Picabea (UNQ); Iris Kunze (BOKU); Agustín Bidinost (UNQ); Andera Phillip (BOKU); Lucas Becerra
Publication date: 2015
Keywords: co-operatives, housing, right to the city, urban habitat

The network case is the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) focusing in the Co-operative Housing International (CHI) (a whole co-operative ecosystem inside the ICA). CHI counts with 65 countries members, which are more or less active in the networking activities at a global level. CHI is the most representative international network of the co-housing movement in terms of: number of members, history, national associated involved and global influence in policy making. In relation with local manifestations, this report includes the description and analysis of two co-operative Housing phenomena:  one in Argentina (the housing co-operative “El Hogar Obrero”); the other one located in Germany (an eco-district, newly built in the City of Freiburg with diverse kinds of housing cooperatives, called Vauban).

Relevance for TRANSIT

The co-housing movement is interesting for TRANSIT Project because it allows the analysis of TSI in terms of long-term and scaled-up processes. Also the relevance of space for social innovation can be observed. The spatial and temporal framework can be enhanced, and also the revision of the concept of TSI  could be analysed in terms of long-term big-scale re-settlement and adjustment of practices in relation with: i) changes in the context, ii) emergence of new narratives, iii) and changes inside of the TSI-initiative.

Studied Social Innovation Initiatives






Becerra, L. and Kunze, I. (2016) Transformative social innovation : co-operative housing : a summary of the case study report on co-operative housing, TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169

Kunze, I. and Philipp, A. (2016) The eco-district of Vauban and the co-housing project GENOVA. In : Picabea, F.; Kunze, I.; Bidinost, A.; Philipp, A. and Becerra L. Case study report : Cohousing, TRANSIT: EU SSH.203.3.2-1 Grant agreement no. 613169

Picabea, F., Kunze, I., Bidinost, A., Phillip, A. and Becerra, L. (2016) WP 4 : case study report : co-operative housing, TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169.

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