Housing and Care Cooperatives in the Netherlands
Spatial Diagrams of Cluster Living

The project Housing and Care Cooperatives: Spatial Diagrams of Cluster Living, investigates the typological transformation of elderly accommodation into decentralised models of care in place in the district. Currently, community-led networks such as Buurtzorg, District Care, and care cooperatives are emerging in the Netherlands in an attempt by the government to encourage individual agency and collectivise care responsibility.

The organisation of care in the home environment introduces typological questions about the design of the dwelling according to new protocols and procedures of care. How can the housing cooperative function as a framework to organise collectivised care-work, household activities and social support within the district? This dissertation argues for an investigation into the thresholds of dwelling (therapy, care-work, reproductive work and assistance) to challenge the segregation of people according to age and illness. Through a study of the parts of the home, the project translates common activities into zones of interaction, threshold conditions and forms of cluster living to redefine notions of intimacy, privacy and interior.

Taught MPhil Architectural Association London (Projective Cities)
Tutors: Sam Jacoby, Platon Issaias, Hamed Khosravi and Mark Campbell.L
Link to AA Projective Cities website
Link to dissertation

Amsterdam, The Netherlands