Inclusive housing project Diakonie

Inclusive housing projects are the future. But what does it take for such concepts to work and deliver what they promise?

Neighbourhood and architecture

Innovative forms of living such as assisted or intergenerational living are becoming increasingly common. Such concepts benefit from a vibrant neighbourhood with participation and mutual support. This also requires that architecture creates space for positive encounters and can deal with the tension between living space as a private retreat and living space as a place of neighbourhood. This feasibility study serves as basis for the architecture firm to develop new offers. The aim is to create an additional innovative care offer for realized residential projects and to integrate it into building planning.

Neighbourhood for all

The goal is to facilitate and actively support the development of neighbourly organisational structures in and around inclusive housing projects. The focus is primarily on promoting active coexistence, combining tested and innovative approaches for the revitalisation of neighbourhood structures. This means that the strengths of each individual are used in a targeted manner and increasing need for assistance can be better taken into account.

Implementation and outlook

Comparable projects are identified and successful models of neighbourly self-organisation investigated using the example of a concrete project in Gallneukirchen. The central questions of the study include:
What added value do different innovative elements bring?
What is the importance of promoting a vibrant neighbourhood (contacts, mutual support, being needed, getting help) in strengthening an independent and self-determined lifestyle? How can this be organised?
When does deploying a professional coordinator bring the most added value and how much coordination does a vibrant neighbourhood need?
How can social competence and the necessary know-how for sustainable self-organisation be imparted to residents and the neighbourhood?
Which structures or models are best suited for organising good neighbourhoods?
How can the different needs of an inclusive residential building, which also includes apartments for residents with special needs (care, disability) be best met?
How to achieve the integration of as many residents and as much of the surrounding neighbourhood as possible?
Which communication concept is necessary for a functioning implementation of the offer?
The project result are guidelines for supporting the development of neighbourhood structures, including concrete recommendations for action.

External Staff
Laun Pascal, BA MA
  • Architekt D.I. Gernot Fritz
Commissioned research
02/24/2017 – 02/23/2018
Involved Institutes, Groups and Centers
Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research