Yaneira Wilson Wetter

A social housing model based on the « contribution » of different actors

The appropriation of a « third place » by the inhabitants du 16-18 June 2021

Lieu : Lisbon

Type : International Conference - Poster

Date : 16-18 June 2021

Horaires : 9h - 18h30

Organisateurs : Optimistic Suburbia 2-European Middle Class Mass Housin

Session : 1 | Writing the History of Post-war Housing Complexes and Neighborhoods. A Take on Research Strategies and Methodologies


In 2017, Pas-de-Calais Habitat Pas-de-Calais Habitat, France’s third largest public office for social housing, manages more than 40,000 housing units in 210 municipalities in the Pas-de-Calais department.]] is committed to designing and experimenting with a new model of rental management that carries the seeds of a redefinition of the status, roles and identities of both tenants and landlords, and is based on the dynamics of proximity, coordination of stakeholders and the socio-economic development of territories. On the one hand, the landlord seeks to develop an alternative model of economic and social exchange through measures in favor of energy transition, sustainable development, new human services and employment support. On the other hand, the model aims to transform the inhabitants from « simple tenants » consumers of services to « contributors » in the management of energy on a domestic scale, but also in the provision of a new range of services for the inhabitants.

This model has been designed and tested in the form of action research, backed by European programs, in partnership with a consortium of researchers and industrialists, in a participatory manner involving residents and the lessor’s local staff. The experiment was carried out on a site, the Cité Maréchal Leclerc in the commune of Saint-Martin Boulogne, (254 housing units - 603 inhabitants - 267 committed tenants). This poster proposes to show the intervention as an architect-researcher during two years in the agency adlib, the development of new participative models (in the rehabilitation and construction of social housing) and in the animation of workshops with the inhabitants and the different actors involved in the process.

The « Contributory Housing » model is based on Incub’acteurs [1] ; set up at the foot of the building. These third places are a central device of interest, enrolment of participants-contributors and animation of local dynamics. The third place can be characterized as a relatively polyvalent place supporting multiple activities. It is at the same time a place for training, experimentation, design of contributory services, conviviality, hosting of contributory activities, etc. Animated by the inhabitants themselves, with the support of local staff, the incubator is intended to welcome all the partner contributors, around the different activities.

[1© adlib architecture et urbanisme