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User-valued innovations for social housing upgrading through Trans-Atlantic Living Labs

Grant number: 19/02240-5
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: January 01, 2020 - June 30, 2023
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Convênio/Acordo: Trans-Atlantic Platform for the Social Sciences and Humanities
Principal Investigator:Doris Catharine Cornelie Knatz Kowaltowski
Grantee:Doris Catharine Cornelie Knatz Kowaltowski
Principal researcher abroad: Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda
Institution abroad: University of Huddersfield, England
Principal researcher abroad: Clarine Joanne van Oel
Institution abroad: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands
Principal researcher abroad: Sigrun Kabisch
Institution abroad: Helmholtz Association, Germany
Host Institution: Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FEC). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Ariovaldo Denis Granja ; Arno Freeke ; Daniel de Carvalho Moreira ; Jelle Simon Jowan Koolwijk ; Michail Kagioglou ; Regina Coeli Ruschel ; Vanessa Gomes da Silva
Associated scholarship(s):22/01028-5 - Living Lab Support - uVITAL - Brazil: BIM modeling of upgrading proposals and data recording and transcription, BP.TT
21/11891-0 - Organization, development, and register of Living Labs activities in a case study of social housing upgrading, BP.TT
21/11464-4 - Preparation of case studies for the development of Living Labs on social housing upgrading: graphic languages, BP.TT
20/01616-9 - Literature review and definition of case studies to support the development of Living Labs for the upgrading of social housing, BP.TT
20/03239-8 - Preparation of case studies for the development of Living Labs on upgrading of social housing: models, BP.TT


Housing debates concentrate less on upgrading than on new buildings, although upgrading can have positive social, health and financial outcomes for low-income populations. Upgrading the existing stock of social housing (SH) offers an opportunity to ease effects of inadequate housing through improvements; alleviate housing deficits; and promote sustainability. Upgrading efforts involve sensitive processes, and this research proposal uses Living Labs (LLs) as social innovations to communicate with SH agents like housing associations and municipals (United Kingdom (UK), Germany (DE)) and residents (Brazil (BR), the Netherlands (NL)) to create and validate solutions for upgrading programmes. Especially residential or user values are important to grasp to solve social and environmental issues. There is an urgent need to enhance communication between SH agents and users, and this proposal emphasizes the potential of new visualization approaches, such as gaming, Virtual Reality (VR), and Building Information Modelling (BIM) as means to bridge boundaries between stakeholders and users. Following Star and Griesemer (1989), these visualizations can be considered as Boundary Objects (BOs), and will be flexible enough to adapt to individual needs of involved stakeholders, yet specific enough to maintain a common meaning across all different stakeholders to support decision-making in participatory procedures. A transatlantic articulated nexus between research institutions in BR, DE, NL and UK orchestrates the LL experiences, and will contribute to idea generation and test decision-making efficiency. Each of these institutions investigates specific contexts and the combined nexus will increase understanding of how SH upgrading processes promote sustainability under different climatological conditions. Since visualisations are expected to act as boundary objects, the locally specific approaches and tools will be compared in comparative case studies to assess social innovation procedures; resolve conflicting understanding of problems and needs; to stimulate value-adding results; explore synergies between stakeholders as positive solutions to a global social problem. (AU)

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ELISA ATÁLIA DANIEL MUIANGA; DORIS CATHARINE CORNELIE KNATZKOWALTOWSKI; VANESSA GOMES DA SILVA; ARIOVALDO DENIS GRANJA; DANIEL DE CARVALHO MOREIRA; REGINA COELI RUSCHEL. Transformações habitacionais e seus impactos no bem-estar dos residentes. Ambient. constr., v. 22, n. 4, p. 255-274, . (20/06462-0, 19/02240-5)

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