Housing in Transformation
Nordic-Baltic Researcher Network VISURF supported by NordForsk 2008-2011
Coordinated by Chalmers Architecture, Göteborg Sweden, Sten Gromark, Professor PhD Sociologist Architect SAR/MSA, email@example.com
This Nordic-Baltic consortium focuses on urban residential transformation processes and their impacts on life quality. The consortium is a trans-disciplinary R&D oriented group combining architectural housing design and residential sociology with economical and technical expertise. The outcome of the NordForsk supported researcher network activities includes knowledge-based new visions, operational strategies for action and guidelines for reorienting future housing policies. The intention is to devise a re-conceptualized platform to bring dynamic synergetic effects to network activities focused around joint research, degree level education with the aim to integrate other EU partners. Activities will comprise coordinated cooperation on applications for EU FP7; PhD and Master cooperation through a series of Researcher NetWork Colloquiums, study tour exchanges and continuous development of relations with international institutions and stakeholders in practice. A Research Symposium on Architecture and Sociology in Trans-Disciplinary Perspective will be arranged 2011. Benefits will be the reinforcement of experiences across participating countries and invigorated research on social and cultural interpretations of residential spaces and home cultures with crucial implications for life opportunities, building market conditions and sustainable practices. We aim at a reinforced co-operation after the grant period and to constitute the network as an important dynamic partner of excellence in relation to both EU and intercontinental research activities.