Modern housing issues addressed through global research

27 September 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan architecture school joins international project 

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has joined an international venture to research modern housing issues across Europe as part of a one million Euro funded project.

UCLan’s Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment is one of 34 organisations from 29 countries to take part in OIKONet, a three-year project that will study contemporary housing from a multidisciplinary and global perspective.

Starting on 1 October, UCLan will lead on research to identify critical issues related to contemporary housing studies such as sustainable design and house preservation. It will also produce textbooks on the subject and provide entries on the digital platform OIKOpedia.

OIKOnet is a follow-up of the OIKODOMOS Virtual Campus project which was carried out during 2007-2011 with financial support from the European Union.

Professor Karim Hadjri, the work package leader at UCLan, said “This is a great opportunity for the University and the Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment for knowledge sharing and to contribute research that will inform the teaching and learning of contemporary housing around the world.

“OIKOnet will integrate housing studies, pedagogic innovation and information and communications technology.”

This project is funded by the EU under the Lifelong Learning Programme.