TECHNE 14 (2017): Architecture and social innovation
Research and Experimentation

The Practice of Self-provision in Suburban Detached Homes

Maja Lorbek
Leibniz-Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) Research Area Resource Efficiency of Settlement Structures, Germany
TECHNE 14 (2017): Architecture and social innovation

Published 2017-11-27


  • single-family home,
  • transformation,
  • self-provision

How to Cite

Lorbek, M. (2017). The Practice of Self-provision in Suburban Detached Homes. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (14), 271–275.


Do practices of self-provision such as the self-organized adaptation of homes, neighbourly help and the contracting of tradespeople, etc. contribute to the re-constitution of local communities in suburban areas? Do self-organized renovations extend the service life of existing building stock as a crucial non-renewable cultural resource? This study is based on empirical on-site research. The sample comprises 26 recently acquired second-hand detached homes. Research has shown that most owner-occupiers rely on self-provision and self-build to renovate used properties. A better supply of affordable, existing homes in suburban areas could help consolidate the development of towns. Hence, redevelopment strategies for suburban residential areas should integrate the potential of self-provision. 


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