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3rd OIKONET Postgraduate seminar: “FUTURE HOME, Learning from the past, Uncertainty of the present, Paradigms of the future”

Through the several parallel sessions this seminar will cover the following problem areas:


-Participation on all scales;

-Energy efficiency;

-Sustainability on all scales; Co-create own home;

-Economy, Real estate;

-Brownfield, Contemporary Industrialization; De-industrialization,

-Adaptive reuse, Retrofitting.

OIKONET is organizing POSTGRADUATE Seminars aimed at bring together peer researchers interested to explore the topic of dwelling in our contemporary societies from a multidisciplinary as well as from a multidimensional perspective.

After the successful completion of the first OIKONET Postgraduate Workshop in Valencia in June 2017, the second seminar was hosted by ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon, February 2018.

The 3rd OIKONET Postgraduate Seminar will hold from 14-15th November2019 in Skopje, Macedonia.

The seminars’ aims are:

- To facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences among young researchers, especially among PhD students working in areas related to dwelling in contemporary societies;

- To foster the creation of alliances among researchers and their institutions to continue developing pedagogic and research programs in areas related to contemporary global dwelling;

- To keep developing and framework that brings together pedagogic innovation, housing research and community outreach in order to get a better understanding of today’s forms of dwelling and building;

-To contribute to the development of innovative pedagogic and research programs which address housing studies from a multidisciplinary approach;

-To develop frameworks to engage communities in the definition, solution and evaluation of local housing problems in a global context;   

-To explore the interplay between planning and design across multiple scales and dimensions, to find appropriate mechanisms to deal with dwelling in global societies in academia, research and practice;  

-To foster the emergence of new study areas which result from the intertwining of community outreach, sustainable practices in housing design and provision, and digital technologies.



OIKONET is a network consisted of 34 schools of architecture and planning, research groups, professional and community organizations as well as local administrations from 25 countries in Europe and around the world. The networks` goal is to promote innovation in the study of dwelling at a global scale by the inclusion of three areas: pedagogy, research and community participation.

With the activities that have been undertaken in the last three years with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union, OIKONET has developed a platform for collaboration with an aim to promote the study of contemporary housing from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. It also encompasses the multiple dimensions which condition the forms of dwelling in today’s societies (architectural, urban, environmental, economic, cultural and social).

Within the last three years of activities, participatory actions and pedagogical and research activities have brought together various stakeholders and disciplines. Some of the most relevant events organized by the network are:

- three international conferences on the theme “Global Dwelling” carried out in Barcelona (2014), Bratislava (2015) and Manchester (2016).

- three international workshops with the participation of students and tutors from the participating schools, dedicated to analyze issues related with contemporary dwelling at its various scales in case studies located in Lisbon (2014), Berlin/Cottbus (2015) and Belgrade (2016).

- 15 working meetings dedicated to debate issues related with contemporary dwelling with regard to research on housing studies, community participation and pedagogic innovation.

The carried out intensive work during the last three years has delivered numerous reports, publications, blogs and videos which are available in the projects` website. A book summarizing the network activity in the last three years is being completed and is released in 2017.


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