New Europe – Cities in Transition

Amsterdam: Vrijburcht, #CoHousing in Europe #2

New Europe – Cities in Transition: “In this series, Co-Housing in Europe, we shed the light on community-led housing projects as alternatives to traditional social housing or purely market-driven real estate. So we present the experience of City Makers involved in this type of project.
After discovering La Borda, a social housing cooperative in Barcelona, this time we explore the case of Vrijburcht, a project built in 2007 in Amsterdam. …

Our community is structured around the Vrijburcht Foundation and its elected board that has the responsibility to move the project forward. The foundation decides on social and technical issues but it doesn’t have unlimited power. For instance, when families decide to move out, the foundation cannot choose newcomers because it doesn’t have ownership on the land nor houses. So what we do is that we ask our members and their friends if they are interested in buying a house. There are also a lot of people who swap houses. … .”

https://citiesintransition.eu/interview/co-housing-in-europe-2-vrijburcht-amsterdam

Café Vrijburcht / Theater Vrijburcht Quelle: AMSTERDAM | Co-Housing in Europe #2 : Vrijburcht, Amsterdam

Housing is a major issue in most European cities due to housing shortage and lack of affordable houses. In this series, Co-Housing in Europe, we shed the light on community-led housing projects as alternatives to traditional social housing or purely market-driven real estate. After discovering La Borda, a social housing cooperative in Barcelona, this time we explore the case of Vrijburcht, a project built in 2007 in Amsterdam.

Café Vrijburcht | Theater Vrijburcht