Together we build – a method for young self-builders to create homes and meeting places
Research Project , 2019 – 2021

Together we build is about spreading knowledge to young people about an innovative design method for self-builders. Target groups are "newly arrived" young people and youths who grew up in the area. The purpose is utilization of knowledge that have been developed in two Vinnova-funded projects at Tjörn. The project involves the Municipality of Tjörn and a number of experts on codesign. The idea is to use young people to reach young people. We develop a strategy for young people to act as "motor" when it comes to attracting young people to want to build their own homes. By combining "learning by doing" with a strategy of "food as a magnet", they get empowered and learn to build by designing and building an outdoor kitchen together. In a parallel strategy, they learn filming and film editing, are given the task of making interviews during the process and shaping short films to present at a number of events where it comes young people. It is thus the development of the design method that is in focus, and the sense of increased power that it through "learning by doing" transfer to young people, which makes them ready to imagine the idea of shaping and building their own homes. The long-term goal is to enhance Egnahemsfabriken’s support structure to make it working well also for young people, so that youths are reached when the support structure in the long run is scaled up to other municipalities in the country.


Jenny Stenberg (contact)

Professor at Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Architectural theory and methods



Hjälteby, Sweden

Studieförbundet vuxenskolan (SV)

Stockholm, Sweden

Tjörns kommun

Skärhamn, Sweden



Project ID: 2019-00211
Funding Chalmers participation during 2019–2021

Region Västra Götaland

Funding Chalmers participation during 2020

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