The project


The project
    The Høje Taastrup Community
    Key figures for Høje Taastrup Community
    The Kortrijk Community
    Key figures for Kortrijk Community
    The Birstonas Community
    Key figures for Birstonas Community


Project results

Pictures and videos

The Concerto initiative


The Kortrijk Community

Venning neighbourhood

Venning neighbourhood.
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The city

Kortrijk is located in the Flemish province West Flanders. The wider municipality comprises the city of Kortrijk proper and 7 surrounding towns with 74,700 inhabitants and is as such the 7th largest city in the Flemish region. Together with the north of France (Lille) it belongs to the French-Belgian metropolitan area, containing almost 1,900,000 inhabitants. The city is situated on the River Lys, 42 km southwest of Ghent and 25 km northeast of Lille in France. Kortrijk is a city with a historical patrimony; it counts about 200 protected monuments, two of which have a world-heritage title.

Conditions of the buildings

A large number of the housing units in the city of Kortrijk date from before 1960. They are not adjusted to the actual living and higher energy standards. For the council of Kortrijk, in its striving for innovation in general and qualitative living for its citizens, it is not only important to dispose of new low-energy dwellings as inspiring examples, but also to lift up the existing dwellings to a higher level.

This is especially important for the low-income people for whom the living costs weigh most in terms of percentage. Even though they can rent a social house for a social, income-related renting price, the other living costs (energy, transport, etc.) take a big part in their living budget.

Affordable houses

The social housing association 'Goedkope Woning' (HOUSE-BE) currently owns 1,427 social houses and apartments; in this way, 1,427 families find an affordable place to live in Kortrijk. HOUSE-BE is planning to expand the building stock by 100 or more living places in the next two years and is in negotiation for more projects in the future.

Social neighbourhoods

The existing social neighbourhoods were at the time built as separate entities. The well-meant 'social character' (affordable renting houses for the low-income people) has - in people's perceptions - evolved towards bearing the hallmark of 'social ghettos'. The renovation and the creation of inhabitable houses must at the same time go hand in hand with the restructuring of the neighbourhood and its public space and with a better integration into its wider district area.

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If you have any questions about our project, please contact:

Reto M. Hummelshøj
Project coordinator (DK)
E-mail: Reto M. Hummelshøj

Phone: +45 5640 2766

Ilse Piers
Local coordinator (BE)
E-mail: Ilse Piers

Jolanta Žaltkauskiene
Local coordinator (LT)
E-mail: Jolanta Žaltkauskiene


Høje Taastrup Community
Kortrijk Community
Birstonas Community