The rise of the micrometropolitans? An interview with Joop de Boer

Ever since the first cities rose up from the marshes of Mesopotamia, they have been both the breeding and the proving grounds of all humanity’s greatest innovations, from the wheel to the first supercomputers— yet they continue to surprise us today. Pop-Up City’s Joop de Boer, who is hosting an ISHF event on urban ‘flexibilisation’,… Read More The rise of the micrometropolitans? An interview with Joop de Boer

Asylum seekers in the Bijlmerbajes: How bad is it to live behind bars?

The short answer: very bad, according to Lorien Beijaert of Studio LA. Last summer, Amsterdam welcomed 600 temporary asylum seekers in the former Penitentiary Facility Overamstel, also known as the Bijlmerbajes. Beijaert and her companion Arna Mackic decided to make sure the bars would be removed. “Every time the asylum seekers look outside, they are… Read More Asylum seekers in the Bijlmerbajes: How bad is it to live behind bars?

Housing First in Social Housing – support for making it work

Housing First is an initiative that promotes the idea that affordable, permanent housing, provided with social support, is the key to breaking a cycle of homelessness. It is a model that believes quality of life can exponentially increases from the moment one has a home. The Housing First European Hub is a platform designed for… Read More Housing First in Social Housing – support for making it work

The struggle for collaborative housing

Co-housing, collective housing, collaborative housing, co-living, cooperative housing. All different names for one growing housing phenomenon; people are starting to live together again— not with their family members, but with relative strangers. Organised by the Italian organizations Fondazione Housing Sociale and Legacoop abitanti the Collaborative Housing workshop deals with this upcoming housing form. How can… Read More The struggle for collaborative housing

How housing associations across Europe promote integration

Some housing associations do more then just providing a roof above the head. They set up systems that promote the integration of refugees and other immigrants. Six best practices from all over Europe were presented during the event ‘Best practices of inclusiveness, migration and refugee housing’, organised by the network organisations EFL + EurHoNet. They… Read More How housing associations across Europe promote integration

Getting associations closer to their tenants: an afternoon at Zig’s housing hackathon

The hot sun beams down on the Westergasfabriek complex, still bustling with families, couples and friends, chatting and drinking, taking in the last of this fine afternoon. But these people are missing out on the main attraction here at the Werkkamer, hinted at only by a banner and a flurry of activity at its front… Read More Getting associations closer to their tenants: an afternoon at Zig’s housing hackathon