Nesting Communities

Temporality and Community Building as part of Urban Development 


"We sell houses, but people are buying homes"

(Thom Dieben, Dieben & Meyer Communication Consultants, Arnhem)



This website contains the full manuscript of the book "Nesting Communities – Temporality and Community Building as part of Urban Development." 
More information can be obtained by writing to: Nest.Foundation

The book consists of five parts:

In part I (Chapter 1) of the book we introduce you to the general concept of temporary settlements as integral part of urban development.

Structural Analysis

In part II (Chapters 2 – 5) we give a structural analysis of current development processes and show how the temporary settlement can answer to many of the bottlenecks and challenges in urban development.

We describe the current players in the field, their interests and assets, and the challenges they face. We identify the obstacles to innovation, the logic behind them and how they can be addressed. We show how new protagonists can be attracted as new players and what they can contribute. We lay out where interests and resources can be linked to create win-win situations and how development can unfold as respectful collaboration between inhabitants and institutional partners. Finally we describe the role community education and bottom up knowledge building can play in the process.

Shifting the social/physical balance more in favor of social aspects (less capital input, larger human input) through players who normally are not involved in city development enhances urban livability and creates competitive advantages while also improving governance by transforming municipalities into "learning cities".

The temporary settlement

In part III (Chapters 6 –12) we develop the idea of the temporary settlement in four aspects. The physical, the economic, the social, and the legal, together constituting the Nest!.

We analyse existing temporary units on the market that meet the requirements of being low cost, allowing a basic standard of comfort and being both easy to set up as well as to dismantle. We design a local economy that develops an exchange system between the temporary settlement and the new neighborhood, creating opportunities for new groups to make economic use of their resources and facilitates. We describe how social best practices can contribute to creating a an environment conducive to community building and social cohesion.

And finally we show how the temporary settlement can be fit into the existing legal structures.

Summary and Conclusions

In part IV we draw conclusions and give recommendations.