// July 2017

On May 31st, a comprehensive account of the work carried out by the OIKONET project during its 39 months of activity (from October 1st 2013 to December 31st 2016) was delivered to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Overall, 39 reports were submitted, 27 of them public documents which are available in the menu Outcomes of the project's web portal. A summary of the project activities is also available on the website. A total of 12 collaborative learning spaces were collaboratively designed and implemented during the project with the participation of over 1,400 students and 280 tutors from the partner organizations. The three workshops that took place in Lisbon, Cottbus and Belgrade mobilized 158 students and 71 tutors from 17 schools of architecture and planning. Four community outreach activities to engage local stakeholders (professionals and citizens, local administrations and civic organizations) in the processes to define their living environment, from domestic to urban scales, were carried out in Barcelona (Spain), Rimini (Italy), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Skopje (Macedonia). Along with the pedagogic activities at the academic and community levels, the research work of project partners was compiled in the “Readers on contemporary housing research”, no. 1 and no. 2, and in the 30 new entries added to Oikopedia. A total of 20 exhibitions of the work undertaken in the project have been on display in the partner institutions. The papers and presentations of the three “Global Dwelling” conferences organized during the project are available on the website. The work done in the project has been published in 3 articles and in the proceedings of in 11 international conferences. Finally, the comprehensive approach adopted in the project to renew the pedagogy of contemporary housing has been put together in the collective book “Global Dwelling. Intertwining Research, Community Participation and Pedagogy”. A second book with the papers presented at the third OIKONET conference is to be published by WIT Press.

OIKONET activities have been resumed after the end of the funded period, and they will continue in the coming months with the organization of collaborative learning activities, seminars and conferences. A collaborative learning space was carried out during the second semester on the topic “Danube Urban and Cultural Studies” with the participation of higher education institutions from Slovakia, Hungary and Austria. The first postgraduate OIKONET seminar was successfully carried out in Valencia, 22 and 23 June, 2017, hosted by the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University. The next seminar is planned to take place in Lisbon in February 2108, hosted by ISCTE-UL. Other institutions which were not part of the funded project are invited to join the network and to participate in the follow-up activities. Please contact us if you need would like to be part of it.


1st OIKONET POSTGRADUATE SEMINAR – School of Architecture of Valencia
OIKONET has started a series of postgraduate seminars aimed at bringing together researchers interested in exploring global dwelling in our contemporary societies from a multidisciplinary and multidimensional perspective.

The first of these series of seminars has been organized by Prof. Carla Sentieri, at the School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, on 22 and 23 June 2017. Prof. Iván Cabrera, Director of the School of Architecture, welcomed the 31 participants from 5 countries (Macedonia, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and UK) among them 22 PhD students. Three keynote lectures were delivered by Prof. Flora Samuel, University of Reading, UK; Prof. Ognen Marina, from Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, and Prof. Leandro Madrazo, School of Architecture La Salle, Barcelona, Spain. Group sessions were organized to discuss the topics presented in the keynote lectures and in the students' presentations. A summary of the activities carried out in the workshop can be found in the seminar blog.

Within their architectural and urban planning studios students of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Slovak University of Technology Bratislava (STU) and University of Technology Vienna (TUW) addressed issues of sustainable development of the cities and regions on the banks of the Danube river (Wachau-Region, Austria; Štúrovo, Slovakia; Esztergom, Hungary). The OIKODOMOS Workspaces platform has been used for long distance collaboration and to comment on the works of the students from the participating schools during the semester. The results of the studio projects were displayed and introduced to the public during the Danube Day Celebrations in Štúrovo and Esztergom on June 29, 2017.

“Global Dwelling. Intertwining Pedagogy, Community Participation and Research”, a compendium of the project work is available on-line.
This book summarizes the work carried out by OIKONET, an Erasmus Network project dedicated to promoting pedagogic innovation in the field of housing studies which was carried out from 2013 to 2016 with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

The book contents have been organized to reproduce the structure of the network and its construction process :

- MAPPINGS reflects the stage of identifying and visualizing the network nodes (people, courses, research topics, case studies). Key issues concerning contemporary housing which have been identified by partners are summarized in this section.

- INTERACTIONS corresponds to the process of finding affinities among partners, subjects and areas of interest, in order to foster a collaborative and interdisciplinary study of housing, in its global dimension. Interrelationships between Housing Research, Community Participation and Pedagogical Activities have been explored in order to delineate potential transactions across the three realms.

- CONFLUENCES refers to the novel territories that have emerged as a result of the interactions across the network. This section includes examples of learning spaces and community-based participatory actions which were the result of overcoming institutional and disciplinary boundaries, physical distances and cultural differences.

Exemplars of the book will be ready for shipping in September 2017. You can order a copy by writing to
“Global Dwelling. Approaches to Sustainability, Design and Participation”, proceedings of the third international OIKONET conference
A selection of papers from the proceedings of the third OIKONET conference that took place in Manchester, September 2016, is contained in this book. Providing a valuable resource for students, lecturers, researchers and others with an interest in housing studies, the papers included in this book cover three themes, namely sustainability of housing environments, innovation in housing design and planning, and participation in housing design and construction.The book will be published by WIT Press in a few weeks.

Selected outputs
A selection of the most representative outputs carried out during the funded period of the OIKONET project can be found in the Highlights section of the web portal, among them:

- Deliverable 4.1 Learning spaces. This report contains the summary of the work done in nine learning spaces carried out during the project. A summary of the development process and work carried out in each learning space is presented, including the implemented learning activities and tasks, examples of student works, evaluation of the results and reflections on the work done. The work compiled in this document helps teachers who have participated in the project to gain an overview of a variety of pedagogic approaches which can help them to critically reflect on their current learning and teaching practices.

- Deliverable 4.3 International Workshops (Lisbon). This report summarizes the work done during the first international OIKONET workshop held in Lisbon in July 2014. The topic of the Lisbon workshop was “Contemporary Living Patterns: Formal – Informal”. The objective was to develop a cross-disciplinary dialogue aimed at identifying meanings and forms of contemporary living patterns in mass housing, by opposing “formal” and “informal” housing exemplified by two neighbourhoods, “Portela de Sacavém” and “Bairro da Liberdade”, respectively. The report encompasses the preparatory activities done prior to the workshop in the OIKODOMOS Workspaces environment, the programme of activities and the results produced in the workshop as well as an evaluation of the students’ work by tutors.

- Deliverable 6.5. Final quality report. This report summarizes the results of all the evaluation activities performed during the project: events (project meetings, conferences); learning activities (learning spaces, workshops) and digital environment (web portal, social web). Furthermore, two external experts, whose feedback is included in this document, were invited to review some project activities.

- Deliverable 8.2. Common credits. This report presents the work done during the project to create a common base to evaluate the learning activities carried out in various settings (collaborative learning activities, workshops). The ultimate goal has been to create a list of competences to be used in the design of a curriculum focused on the theme “Global Dwelling”. This table can be instrumental in the design of future courses carried out by OIKONET partners, either in their own curricula or on joint courses with other partners.

Upcoming events

September, 2017. Start of the collaborative learning activities with the participation of schools of architecture and planning. Please contact us if you would like to lead a learning space and/or be part of the Thinking Dwelling programme.

September, 2017. Printed copies of the book “Global Dwelling. Intertwining Research, Community Participation and Pedagogy” will be available. You can order a copy by writing to

February, 2018. Second international postgraduate seminar to take place in ISCTE-UL, in Lisbon. If you are interested in joining the seminar please write to Prof. Alexandra Paio (

YouTube Channel

Video of the closing panel discussion of the Third International Conference “GLOBAL DWELLING”, McDonald Hotel, Manchester, 23 September 2016, with the participation of Adriana Diaconu, Université Grenoble Alpes; Magda Sibley, University of Sheffield; Adam Evans, University of Central Lancashire; Gojko Bezovan, University of Zagreb; Leandro Madrazo, Ramon Llull University; and Paul Jones, Northumbria University.

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