Building Re-Use

One of fundamental philosophies at Digital Inclusion is the re-use of inactive resources via circular economy principles, such as the re-use of e-devices people have renewed and the skills of people who don’t have full access to the job market.

As the project grew, we needed more space for operations. In our re-use philosophy, we installed the project in different buildings that are to be torn down, and that were unused otherwise. From April 2016 to December 2017, we were located in the basement of the ‘Hariko’ building in Bonnevoie. In 2018, we moved to a bigger place in Howald (just next to Bonnevoie). In this 300m2 space, we run our office (11 employees), our classroom (30 IT stations) and of course our volunteer repair workshops where we re-use donated computer hardware for people in need.

All interior walls we built ourselves within social employments, using donated furniture, re-used parts (doors from our previous premises) and re-usable wooden modules. (cf. photos)

With our ‘Building Re-Use’ program we managed to keep costs minimal while being at the center of Luxembourg (we serve people in the whole Grand-Duchy, most of them do not own a car), while re-activating a resource that is scarce in central Luxembourg: space.

 

 

 

 

We need your help! We need a place for 2019!

– a unused space, available for 1 year or more. We can adapt the infrastructure ourselves, we pay rent
OR
– a space for rent (starting now or latest Jan 2019)


What we need: 200-400 m2, in Luxembourg-city or surrounding municipalities), accessible via public transport.
Contact us if you know a potential building (email to: info@digital-inclusion.lu) – we will contact the owner!

Digital Inclusions’s 2018 premises in 183, rte de Thionville, Howald

 

Space use in Howald: offices, classroom and workshops (in yellow: walls we build ourselves with re-usable wood modules)

 

Wall construction: re-usable wood modules, plus an insulation made from textiles that could not be re-distributed (thanks to our partner Croix-Rouge)

 

Our classroom: re-used computers, re-used furniture (and our self built re-usable walls, in wood colour)

 

Our public printing&scanning station, built entirely of disposed computers (with our employee Paula Quintela)

 

All our office infrastructure is made of re-used donations