Case Study

Between the Bridges Housing Lab - Winter - Spring 2019

Between the Bridges is developing a vision and action plan to “Break the Cycle” that has negatively impacted too many residents of Dartmouth North, for too many generations. The neighbourhoods involved, with a population of approximately 12,000 residents, are located between the MacDonald and MacKay bridges in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and a part of Halifax Regional Municipality. - From the Inspiring Communities Website -

Multi-generational teams make for better outcomes.

Multi-generational teams make for better outcomes.


NouLAB partnered with Inspiring Communities to deliver a 5 day engagement with multi-stakeholder teams on the topic of housing in Dartmouth North.


A short-term multi-stakeholder engagement designed to bring teams together around launching solutions to affordable housing in the neighborhood of Dartmouth North.

Immediate outcomes:

  • Three teams dedicated to working on novel approaches to affordable housing.

  • Co-design of the process with host organization.

  • Multiple teams working to prototype solutions with support from the NouLAB team. 

Intermediate outcomes:


Long-term outcomes:

  • New housing solutions that have traction for the long-term

Ripple effects:

  • Connection and benefits found between the Lab approach and Collective Impact