Housing the Public: A brief history of public housing in Brussels
Nele Aernouts
30 November 2015, 16:30-18:00
KU Leuven Brussels Campus, Room A20

Throughout the history of public housing, representative forms of governance, ownership and spatial configurations reappeared in different places all over Europe. Prevailing social constellations had an influence on the role and spatial organization of public housing, leading to different stances to 'the public' and associated mechanisms of in- and exclusion. In order to learn more about the latter today, this lecture will shed light on the different public housing paradigms that originated in the Brussels Capital Region. Further, the lecture will discuss some emerging 'hybrid' forms of public housing and the way they challenge the 'publicness' in public housing.

Nele Aernouts is an architect, urban designer and doctoral researcher at the Cosmopolis Centre for Urban Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2013 she has been conducting research on collective dwelling configurations that address the housing needs of underprivileged groups.