Project description

The research project MaN'Aige (2019-2022) explores how we can build a caring neighbourhood by involving neighbourhood users in those two neighbourhoods. Caring for each other and connections are the basis for a neighbourhood where everyone can live and work well. Inhabitants and (care) professionals can have a say in this, but so do neighbourhood users, such as companies, schools, public and cultural institutions, shopkeepers, commuters, and so on. Although they do not live in the neighbourhood, they make daily use of it and they are an indispensable force that can contribute to the care in a neighbourhood. Two Brussels neighbourhoods in the city centre have an exceptionally high number of users: Martyrs and Notre-Dame-aux-Neiges. 


How do these neighbourhood users participate in a care network in the neighbourhood, what roles do they play, what connections do they create with the neighbourhood and its residents, and how does this contribute to a caring neighbourhood? We put these questions into practice within six living labs using different creative research methods: walk-along interviews, photovoice, mapping workshops, collective “painting” discussions …  


‘We’ are a group of co-researchers from the partners of this research project: LD3, Odisee, Maison Médicale Enseignement, Kenniscentrum Welzijn, Wonen, Zorg and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, as well as neighbourhood inhabitants and users. 


MaN'Aige is funded by Innoviris' Co-Create programme, which supports scientific research and innovation in the Brussels-Capital Region. 



Caring neighbourhood, co-creation, neighbourhood users, Brussels 


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Building Caring Neighbourhoods
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Octavia Kint -