Eiffage Immobilier and Récipro-Cité, a social engineering company specialised in intergenerational diversity, have joined forces to develop Cocoon’Ages, a concept aimed at uniting different generations living in the same location in a bid to foster social cohesion, assist the elderly and increase spending power through mutual aid.
The Cocoon’Ages concept revolves around two fundamental principles:
Depending on the specific setting, Cocoon’Ages may also feature:
An essential part of the Cocoon’Ages concept are the activities proposed by the manager-facilitator for residents, which include:
Our ambition is to provide full support on a daily basis by involving residents in the running of their residence and promoting community spirit in an exemplary living environment.
Eiffage Immobilier devises turnkey Cocoon’Ages solutions for regional authorities in line with their needs. Each scheme is set up on the basis of input by all stakeholders, elected representatives, architects, investors, lessors, residents, etc.
The Kolocations à Projets Solidaires (KAPS) mutual aid co-living scheme offers a fresh approach to student housing by offering young people the opportunity to get involved in socially-responsible projects led by and for people in their neighbourhood. In exchange for their commitment, they are given access to quality lodgings, at reduced cost, close to their school or university.
Eiffage Immobilier sees KAPS projects as a means to encourage strong community spirit. They foster kinship among people in working-class neighbourhoods and promote social cohesion. They also fulfil the need for student housing. It is for all these reasons that, in 2016, Eiffage Immobilier became involved in this type of project in partnership with Association de la Fondation Etudiante pour la Ville (AFEV), a student association committed to making a difference in cities.
AFEV carries out preliminary research to analyse the social and urban context, defines the project with urban planners and selects the students who will benefit from the scheme. Eiffage Immobilier then builds or rehabilitates the designated housing units, identifies owners and/or managers and rallies its partner network. Each stage of the project is carefully monitored by a team of experts in regional planning and development.
All KAPS projects aim to contribute to co-living through initiatives such as reclaiming public space, food distribution, career guidance for challenged youngsters and cultural events. Eiffage Immobilier offers financial support by covering part of the salary earned by the AFEV project manager.
Combating solitude among older generations and working with children is challenging! KAPS has enabled us to assert ourselves and become more self-confident.