Symposium cooperative conditions, learning from Vienna, Zurich & Munich

6 October 2022, Rotterdam

  • An international symposium following the launch of operatie wooncoöperatie
  • Join us for a discussion with politicians, policy makers, developers, architects and activists on how to collectively shape the future of housing

What: Symposium cooperative conditions, learning from Vienna, Zürich & Munich
When: Thursday, 6 October 2022, from 9:30 
Where: Keilepand, Rotterdam
Organised by: Arie Lengkeek and Peter Kuenzli in a joint organization with: AIR Rotterdam, KeileCollectief, trancityXvaliz
Language: English
Admission: The symposium is free of charge* but we charge participants € 16.92 ( € 15,00 + 1,92 service costs and VAT) for lunch at Het Keilepand
Registration: Obligatory, you’re kindly asked to buy a ticket for your lunch when registering. Tickets available here

*Would you like to participate but is the ticketing price an obstacle? Please contact alengkeek {at}

Symposium cooperative conditions, learning from Vienna, Zürich & Munich

Following the book launch of operatie wooncoöperatie, we cordially invite you to the international symposium ‘cooperative conditions, learning from Vienna, Zürich & Munich’.

The symposium will present building culture and housing production in Vienna, Zurich and Munich. Innovative architecture, innovative forms of living together, effective regulations and policy instruments. It shows the successes of cooperative self-organisation of citizens. Celebrating its architecture and realisations, but explicitly from the perspective of the national and municipal conditions that are necessary for this: cooperative conditions.

These cities all have a profound history of citizen-owned cooperatives. All three have also witnessed a recent increase of a thriving cooperative sector in the urban housing market. The leading question here is not the individual one of “how do I want to live?”, but rather jointly shaping the question “how do we want to live together?”. Housing is a fundamental right, not a commodity. Citizens can shape it together.

We invite all who are engaged in drafting the agenda for the next four years—be it as politicians, as policy makers, as developers, architects and activists. The housing crisis is an urgent task for new city adminstrations everywhere. Cooperatives are increasingly emerging as an answer. This is the moment to forge the right conditions and lay the foundations for a shift in the orientation of national and urban housing policies in the Netherlands.

Programme outline


three cities, three contexts / morning programme:

Claudia Thiessen, Zürich, initiator and member of board Mehr Als Wohnen, Kraftwerk (a.o.)

Martin Klamt, Munich, Wohnungsbaumanager & Wachstumsstrategien, Landeshauptstadt München

Robert Korab + Eveline Hendekli, Vienna, initiators DieWogen, Sargfabrik, bureau raum+kommunikation

three worktables / afternoon programme

Jonathan Kischkel, Co-Präsident Kalkbreite, Zürich, project: Zollhaus

Christian Hadaller, Kooperative Grossstadt, Munich, project: San Riemo

Katharina Bayer, einszueins archiktektur, Vienna, project: Gleis21 / Wohnproject Wien

Concluding debate with dutch representatives

The programme is connected to the book operatie wooncoöperatie: uit de wooncrisis door gemeenschappelijk bezit, by Arie Lengkeek & Peter Kuenzli, published by trancityXvaliz.
More info, exact programme and guests/speakers to be announced in the coming period.

Cooperative Conditions is also the title of the research and exhibition on Zürich by Anne Kockelkorn, Rebekka Hirschberg & Susanne Schindler, which will be featured in the symposium as well. See:

The symposium is made possible by the generous support of The municipality of Rotterdam and BPD Gebiedsontwikkeling.