This thesis work was based on 1) recognizing housing as a human right and the starting point for ending homelessness, not the ending goal; and 2) that permanent fixes can only be achieved by practicing a human-centered approach and including "experts by experience" as active actors in the development of solutions.
When facing a systemic issue as it is homelessness, there is a need for interventions at multiple levels from individually-focused solutions to large-scale social policies. Thus, the outcome of this thesis contemplated on the first hand, the construction of a replicable model based on the Initiative Bauen Wohnen Arbeiten (IBWA) in Cologne. And last but not least, a set of Principles developed by and with the "Self-representation of homeless people" to guide the collaboration hand by hand between service providers, policymakers and homeless citizens.
Master of Arts Integrated Design - Köln International School of Design
Capabilities/ Service Design, Design Research, Social Work
Supervisors/ Prof. Birgit Mager & Prof.Dr. Thomas Münch
Place/ Cologne, Germany