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OIKODOMOS ( is a pedagogic research project financed by the Lifelong Learning programme carried out by higher education institutions and research centers from Belgium, France, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and North Cyprus. The goal of OIKODOMOS -a Greek word for "the builder of a house"-, is to create a virtual campus to support and promote housing studies at a European scale.

The first phase of the project was carried out from 2007 to 2009. During this period we set up a virtual campus that has allowed architecture and urban planning schools carry out seminars, design studios and workshops on housing issues which European societies face nowadays: ageing population, energy efficiency, mobility, work at home, citizen participation, mass customization, …

The pedagogic model which supports these activities is based on the collaborative design and implementation of sequences of learning activities. The blended learning approach adopted in OIKODOMOS combines learning activities carried out in virtual environments specifically developed for the project with seminars and design studios taking place at the participating universities.

The second phase of the project started on November 1st , 2010 and will last one year. The main objectives for this second period are:

    • to consolidate the virtual campus methodology and technological platform.
    • to expand the application of the pedagogic methodology to other institutions.
    • to disseminate the results among the academic and research communities, as well as among local communities. 

OIKODOMOS Virtual Campus is a space of collaboration where schools of architecture and urban planning collaborate in the design and implementation of learning activities to study housing in an interdisciplinary way with the participation of professional organizations, local communities and citizens. Its main characteristics can be summarized as follows:

  • It is a network of learners (teachers, students, adult learners) and activities, as opposed to an organization of schools with shared curriculum.
  • It is interdisciplinary, since the learning activities conducted by the networks encompass architecture as well as urban planning.
  • It goes beyond academia, since it seeks for the engagement of citizens and professionals in the field of housing studies.

The Oikodomos technological platform provides the medium which makes the application of the collaborative pedagogic model viable. It consists of two environments: Workspaces and Case Repository.




This is a digital repository of housing case studies, which was and is constructed collaboratively by learners. Currently, it has over 330 documented cases, analyzed and commented by students and teachers from different institutions. It is used to support learning based on the analysis of precedents.



This environment supports project-based learning activities, such as the development of a project -architectural and/or urban- in a collaborative manner. It facilitates the collaboration among distant learners, carrying joint learning activities in different settings, physical and virtual: design studios, seminars and courses.


You can participate in the Oikodomos activities in different ways:

  • Engaging in discussions regarding contemporary housing issues in the Oikodomos blog. This can done by posting a topic for discussion, commenting the posts from other participants.
  • Proposing a learning activity which will be shared by other partners. In this case you and also your students will need to register in Oikodomos Workspaces.
  • Using the Oikodomos Case repository as a learning resource to add new projects, and to analyze and comment existing ones.
  • Participating in joint workshops taking place during one week at participant institutions. Prior to the workshops there are a series of learning activities which are carried out distantly using Oikodomos Workspacses.

    If you would like to participate in any of these forms, please contact us:







· Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura La Salle, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain (Project coordinator) ·
· Hogeschool voor Wetenschap & Kunst, Department Architectuur Sint-Lucas, Brussels/Ghent, Belgium ·
· Institut d'Urbanisme IUG, Université Pierre Mendès, Grenoble, France ·
· Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, Slovakia ·
· Faculty of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus, Turkey ·
· Viveka Consulting, Southampton, United Kingdom ·
· Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland ·