As I reflect back on the meeting we had at Commune de Forest, I realize that we might need to think some more about how we communicate The Reef’s UVP, and how it is different from other projects.
Brussels is abuzz with initiatives on housing. Historically, housing has been cheap here. But about 20 years ago prices started to grow faster then incomes. In their presentation video. Community Land Trust Brussels claim housing prices doubled from 2000 to 2010. The poorer strata of the population fell through the cracks, or felt they soon would. Everybody and their horse went to work on the problem.
So, when you talk to housing people (in the sense of decision-makers or other stakeholders) about co-living, they tend to group you with people doing social housing in all its forms. Social housing; “intergenerational”; “vulnerable groups”, etc. The question hanging in the air is “what do you guys do which is not already being done?”.
The answer, of course, is that we are doing decarbonization through behavioral change, and behavioral change through communal living. I have not heard of any project looking in this direction. Every project is “green”, but the greenness is embodied in the artifacts (build with green technologies), not in the agents (condition people to live green). This is not necessarily easy to convey.