CHEOPSx #9: Communal living

Even though our society has an increasing flexibility, this does not mean the housing market follows this lead. The mainstream rental market is stagnated. Waiting lists keep growing and possibilities to move on decrease, giving, among others, students limited options on this market. Moreover, if housing becomes available for them most of the time the rent is increased or the building will be sold or demolished. At the same time more and more other groups like labour migrants and license holders are looking to take part in the mainstream rental market. Additionally the group of students and other social groups, like starters, expats and divorced individuals will not decrease in the upcoming years. All of these groups consists of people that cannot wait long for housing and have a limited budget. Taking this growing demand for social housing into account in combination with the other present factors in this market and problems are bound to happen. Communal living might solve these problems. How does this work? Does one as a designer needs to alter the design to make it fit this new form or living? How will this affect students? Does it work in practice? All of this will be discussed during the evening in which communal living and more specifically communal living for students will be the main focus.

This event will be hosted the 28th of november in the ‘Philips Museum’ (Emmasingel 31, 5611 AZ Eindhoven) and will start at 19:30.
A ticket will cost €5,00 and can be bought at the CHEOPS desk in the building Vertigo on the TU/e campus or at the door (at extra cost).




Our first speaker will be Sebastiaan Gerards. After studying at Hasselt and Maastricht university, he has earned his PhD from Hasselt university following his research on multiple generation dwellings and co-housing. He is currently employed as assistant to the CEO and project director ‘neighborhood development’ at Aachen based developer ‘Landmarchen AG’ which makes that he can be considered an expert in both theory and practice.

Our next two speakers are experts from the practical side of communal living. Soros Duman and Patrick Stoffer are living in the elderly home ‘humanitas’ in Deventer, a place where students and elderly are living together. During our event they will in detail explain the ins and outs of this place and what it takes for elderly and students to live together.