PROTOHOME – OPENING 13th and 14th MAY 2016


‘The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is one of the most precious, yet most neglected, of our human rights’   David Harvey

OPENING 13th and 14th MAY 2016, 7PM-11PM AT THE LATE SHOWS

We would like to invite you to PROTOHOME, a self-build housing project, created by members of Crisis, the national charity for single homelessness. PROTOHOME will be temporarily sited and open to the public in the Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, from 13th May-August 2016. 

Working alongside an architect and a joiner, a group of individuals who have experienced homelessness have developed a timber-frame model of self-build housing which is specifically designed for untrained self-builders. The aim is not to create a full housing model with services, but a ‘shell’ structure that offers a vision of how this model could be developed into working housing in the future.

PROTOHOME is open to the public to visit and plays host to a programme of events including: talks, exhibitions, public forums, film screening, performances, artist residencies and workshops examining the collaborative design/build process and wider issues concerning housing and homelessness in an austerity context, participatory alternatives and the politics of land and development.

See website for more info, opening times and full details of the programme of events:

Address: Upper Steenbergs, Stepney Bank Stables Car Park, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2NP


PROTOHOME was created by members of Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, xsite architecture and Tilt Artistic Services. It is programmed in collaboration with Wunderbar and is in affiliation with Newcastle City Council and Tyne Housing Association. It forms part of a research project by Julia Heslop at Durham University.

PROTOHOME is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Account, The Centre for Social Justice and Community Action at Durham University and NPS design, print, web.

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