Congratulations to the winners. Four groundbreaking designs shaping the future of community living. Explore the winning entries and discover how these innovative architects are reimagining the spaces we call home.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects & Fælleshaverne


A multigenerational exchange around food. Creating new circular food and waste systems in a neighbourhood can help center shared meals between households and across generations.

Feed the neighbourhood

We all eat. Food can connect us across generations, cultures, and social backgrounds. Most neighbourhoods import almost all the food their inhabitants eat and export large amounts of residual waste. What if they could start producing their own food and upcycling waste?

To get the ball rolling, a start-up team will tailor a strategy around the specific conditions of the neighbourhood. Anyone from the community is encouraged to join and experts will guide the analysis of local food systems. The team will review all spaces related to food in the community - gardens, kitchens, dining spaces, recycling facilities and markets. All interventions will encourage growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing food as a social activity within the community. Seniors can share their favourite recipes with younger generations through workshops and young residents can experience something akin to the popular street-food markets of the city – but unfolding in their very own neighbourhood.

Feedback in the community

When the community in a neighbourhood is actively and independently involved in the mission, the experts in the start-up team will move to a new community and bring the previous experience as a reference. The Feed-Back model also gives our architects and city planners an opportunity to engage, learn, and bring findings into future city planning - for better cities, buildings and spaces that are inviting for all generations.

In each neighbourhood visited, the emphasis on communal mealtimes and food preparation will help mitigate loneliness and segregation. Feed-Back also provides communities with the tools to make their own food in-take more sustainable through the focus on circular food economy and waste distribution. It reconnects current generations, while making the world more sustainable for future generations.

Nursing the Care

LOCAL with Anna Helle-Valle, PhD, Psychologist and founder of Siste Kapitttel & Sebastian von Hofacker, MD, Consultant in palliative medicine, Academic Director, Verdighetsenteret


Active senior + Integrated health = Non-profit housing renewal. A vision of how urban development and health services can be shared in a modern and attractive city.

Heidi Engesland Samuelsen, FOTO STEIN BJØRGE in BT

Nursing the care focuses on integrating welfare services, care workers and general care into existing housing areas, where people who need them the most live

Nursing the Care prioritizes health services in neighbourhoods for an aging society. We must create inclusive, accessible spaces for multi-generational living while inspiring a new generation of health workers. By 2060, 1/3 of Europeans will be over 65. Norway like other European countries faces a growing nursing shortage; home affordability for nurses is at a record low. Nursing home costs burden municipalities, while France and Germany see expanding "medical deserts." Modern healthcare contributes to formidable aging. Many old, though, experience isolation, loneliness, and cognitive decline requiring social contact and community involvement. Overstretched welfare systems need compassionate communities.

Demographic shifts demand sustainable approaches to aging together. Living and dying is everyone's responsibility; our built environment should facilitate this. Historically, health-focused architecture played a strategic role. We propose placing health, aging, and dying at the center of our social lives and communities.

Adapting existing public housing estate with new facilities that generates lasting values for a health-based intergenerational living

We strengthen civic society (#1) by locating health-related programs right where people live. With an age-friendly approach, we aim to bring nurses and caregivers closer to the population they are meant to serve, minimize commuting, and create new co-living concepts. Neighbourhood planning with the health of its community at heart will support aspiring students, young professionals, and low-skilled personnel.

We believe in the potential of high relational quality and music to connect people of all ages, providing meaningful encounters across cultures (#3). Addressing gender in aging and late-life care is crucial, as most elders and healthcare professionals are women. We work with inclusive citizen involvement (#5) by promoting multigenerational living with shared spaces, self-management, and active ground floors. Municipalities can benefit from coworking with volunteers, NGO´s, facilitate individual initiative or find some synergy with the private health sector to foster sustainable civic life, encourage ownership and make health affordable for all.

Loop of Nursing the Care, LOCAL

The #ABC-Strategy

Gründl Haahr Arkitekter


The #ABC-strategy takes a holistic approach to a wide range of challenges within the non-profit housing areas in Denmark - Ranging from stigmatised area-identity and isolation to issues of dysfunctional moving patterns causing demographic imbalances and to issues of loneliness, misunderstandings, cultural gap and biassed assumptions between generations.


The main focus of this strategy is to increase housing career opportunities within the community in order to provide current residents the possibility to stay in the area by offering a wide range of new intergenerational housing typologies and a rotation principle as part of an overall housing career strategy. The strategy also consists of organisational initiatives to support a more flexible moving pattern based on the changing life situations of the residents. As part of the strategy senior residents living in large family-sized apartments are offered the opportunity to extend their housing career by moving into something new, contemporary and senior-friendly with good accessibility, where they will become part of a smaller intergenerational community. In this way allowing them to stay in the area where they already live and have a social network. In time this will free up the larger apartments, thereby allowing newly established families to stay in Høje Gladsaxe.

A new housing rotation system

Currently the apartments which meet family needs have a long waiting list and are often occupied by single families without kids creating a bottleneck in the system. To unlock the system we propose new attractive housing opportunities in order for the residents occupying the larger apartments to take the next step in their housing career within the community where they have a social network.

An improved housing and rental concept supports a new rotation system to unlock the bottlenecked housing system - The concept offers a wide range of attractive new housing typologies in order to advance housing career opportunities within the neighbourhood and to increase the interaction between generations and promote intergenerational co-living.

Thinking Outside the B(l)ox

Hele Landet – Sociale Arkitekter & ØsterGRO & Andreas Høegh


In response to many years of failed political approach to the non-profit housing sector, Team Hele Landet proposes a more humanistic solution to create neighborhoods for generations. Thinking outside the b(l)ox is about breaking with the traditional way of urban development through a mixed top-down and bottom-up approach where matchmaking between housing associations and companies, local partnerships and test exemptions from legislation ensure a sustainable and democratic development.

Thinking in activating human resources in the blocks

The long-term challenges of loneliness across generations, growing segregation, social inequality, as well as reduced quality of and access to welfare services in urban areas require radical proposals for changes. Solutions which think outside the box and solutions which do not rely on a business-as-usual approach. Therefore, we suggest:

  1. A top-down and bottom-up strategy that challenges legislation in the non-profit sector

We propose a strategy which gives the housing associations an exemption from current legislation. The strategy must allow - in a temproary period - housing associations to release area for commercial business, of which the citizens themselves must be a part of. Furthermore, the strategy must be based on a bottom-up approach, where the housing associations themselves apply for a test pilot project that matches them with a company.

  1. A method that involves the citizens right here and right now through temporary urbanism

We propose a method where pilot projects/testing are used to embrace, engage, and empower the citizens and at the same time collect data on how we create ‘Neighbourhoods for Generations’. ‘Landsbyggefonden’ selects a number of pilot projects with the potential to create communities, which housing associations can apply for. The pilot projects are systematically evaluated through quantitative and qualitative methods that providing valuable knowledge that can be used in other contexts.

  1. A pilot project based on match-making and binding partnership

We propose a specific pilot project called ‘Urban Farming Restaurant’ which includes the cultivation of agricultural land in urban spaces. The binding partnership means that ‘Urban Farming Restaurant’ can do commercial business on the housing association’s area (rooftop, outdoor space etc.) but at the same time undertakes to involve the housing association’s members through jobs, free communal dining, annual events (summer party, eid, christmas market etc), facilities, access to healthy and organic greens etc.


See the Neighbourhoods for Generations Exhibition to explore the winning ideas and learn more about the future of Danish non-profit housing.

Exhibition period
29 Jun 2023 - 31 Oct 2023
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Public Exhibition
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Otto Busses Vej 29A
2450 Copenhagen