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Jenga

The idea of Jenga - \'to build\' in swahili - is based on the symbolic image of the family as a solid base in which a hole is punctured when one fo the parents is taken out of the formula but still has to find a way of staying upright in today\\\'s society. It could also be interpreted as a collection of Single Parent family units that form a solid and sturdy whole together. Stability is the key for succes regardless of the number of parents in which the home and housing situation plays a crucial role.

Jenga started with a study based on the conviction that the benefits of a collective approach to living are huge for single parent families. Anyone who has been in an SPF situation understands this immediately. But it also raises questions. Strangely enough we build for the poor, for the elderly, for the rich but when do we specifically build for the very young and the single? Do we even need to? In the UK and the Antipodes, urban-bound SPF’s actively look for house-sharers; are the Dutch too individual or is our housing such a success? What are the international developments in this area? What are the possible advantages and potential disadvantages? How would a SPF-CBH community work and develop on a long term basis? What kind of existing, or new, financial, physical and legal frameworks can be implemented? What would, or could, new family configurations mean for the architecture? Would possible new typologies need a specifies location type or vice-versa? How can architecture, planning and programming enhance this collective individualism and create opportunities for both social, wellbeing and financial aspects? This study is an ongoing proces and  we are always looking for more input, discussion and partners. Potential participants are all around us and are very interested in our plans to take this concept several steps further indifferent directions.

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