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During my work at Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, I worked on the development of "het kennismakingsdiner", a welcome dinner for new residents of housing corporation SOR (Stichting Ouderenhuisvesting Rotterdam). SOR approached Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken with the question whether they could create a 'higher sense of home' within one of their residential buildings in Rotterdam. Taking from the motto "a good neighbour is worth more than a distant friend", we designed and tested multiple interventions, among which the idea for a welcome dinner. By dining together when a new resident moves in, we created space for interactions to happen. The welcome dinner is an attempt to overcome loneliness and separation between different age groups in the building. A sense of home starts with knowing your neighbour.


Pictures: Dorien Schuijt

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