Hoas Lab (2011/2012)

Housing is the main source of consumer-based climate emissions. Simultaneously there is a massive shortage of affordable housing in Helsinki. How could student housing become a frontrunner for a more social and more sustainable lifestyle? This question drove Helsinki-based think tank Demos and Helsinki Region Student Housing Foundation (Hoas) though a two-year research project. Instead of just renovating a building an ambitious design thinking process with students and experts was initiated. After an analysis of the status quo and potentials of shared living, potential measurements where developed and also applied to test their immediate impact.