It’s strange that we do not join forces more often because, just like you, a lot of people are looking for the same building or area to live in. True, most of the time this is the only similarity. You may be in a different phase of your life and your family group is different. Your health and mobility needs differ. The way you make decisions is different. And yet, your unique home and those of all the others fit just fine in that one building or area. It’s only a matter of who knows and decides what! Want to know how that works? Read on!
The picture becomes clear when you look at a building from the Open Building perspective. Open Building takes the separation of urban tissue, base building and fit-out as a starting point. Apart from the engineering it is primarily a separation of responsibility and authority between the government and local authorities, the investor and you, as user of the home. Open Building gives users like you an enormous freedom to shape your own home and readjust it over time, also as a tenant! Solids in Amsterdam is a good example. The residents were given an open space with no columns that they could lay out, fit out and decorate to their heart’s content. One resident spent €2000 another €200,000. A completely personal and independent decision while they both rent the base building. Despite this huge difference these residents have one thing in common. Neither of them want to leave because their homes meet all their needs. What do you do as a corporation when residents are happy to spend ten times more or less than your own plan? Just keep away and give them room, right?
The essence of Open Building is the separation of decision-making between three parties: individual (user / occupant) and collective (authorities and investor). The authorities are responsible for the overall planning of the site and the rules that determine what can and cannot be built. That has been the situation for a long time. What I am mainly striving for is a new division between you as a resident and the investor, even if you are also the investor. With Open Building, you as a resident are solely responsible for your own home, the fit-out. The investor is responsible for the building around the homes, the base building.
This separation of responsibility and authority is a political choice. The Longlife Housing Act of Japan makes that very clear. This act stipulates that the government only contributes to the construction costs if the base building provably has a life span of at least two hundred years and the fit-out can easily be replaced without damage to the building or burden on the neighbors. The Japanese government prompts a new way of working with legislation, which is indeed its role.
New rules work!
Japan takes hold of the situation well. Thanks to a political decision the new way of working was created, resulting until 2015 in 500.000 realized homes so far. This new way of working leads to the technique and a definition of a new reality. In this way we grow and learn. Also in the Netherlands we can only change the existing reality through new rules. For real change it is simply not enough to merely describe reality and the possible alternatives. In the Netherlands we already have lingered for far too long in this phase. That is not in your interest as a user and resident. BRIQS Foundation therefore makes a case for new rules. In June 2015 I traveled to Japan to view and discuss the latest results on site. Since then a unique home for everyone can become a reality. What do you do?
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