Explorations on Residential Resilience—brf Viva 2011-2019
Book chapter, 2021

There is a mounting demand on housing providers to contribute to the current challenges of social sustainability in residential situations and to deliver practical demonstrations and experiments in this field. One such example in Sweden has been initiated as a research informed project develop­ment process by a cooperative housing company in Göteborg, Sweden. The major acting enabling factor behind this initiative is Riksbyggen EF in close cooperation with the University of Gothenburg and the innovation centre at Chalmers. During a period of eight years a trans-disciplinary collaboration project, involv­ing different inter-disciplinary academic actors of Chalmers University of Technology at large―and the department of Architecture in particular—as well as the University of Gothenburg―a building project comprising 133 apartments situated at Chalmers campus has been finalised in autumn 2019. The unfolded intricate process of a transdisciplinary dialogue between different partners and stakeholders, academic and professional, even extended to local inhabitants, future residents and students, might be considered the key to the alleged virtual success of the project. It has specifically made it possible, through the exploration of new ways of knowledge co-production, to materialize far-reaching residential qualities realized within a context of high profile sustainable performance, in social, ecological as well as economic terms.

research and innovation

social sustainability

housing innovation

residential resilience


knowledge co-production


extended dialogue planning

residential invention


Sten Gromark

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Björn Andersson

University of Gothenburg

Anna Braide

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design

Enabling the City: Inter and Transdisciplinary Encounters; EU COST publication; edited by Josefine Fokdal, Liis Ojamäe, Olivia Bina, Prue Chiles and Katrin Paadam

978-100037008-9 (ISBN)

Inquiries, Innovation and Implementation Strategies for Resilient Residential Qualities. Situations of Dwelling, Ageing and Healthcaring in Transdisciplinary Collaboration. AIDAH Projects 2015-2017

Formas (249-2015-158), 2015-09-01 -- 2017-12-31.

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)

Health Engineering

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