Chili is known as a beautiful South American country that receives interest from tourists from around the world. However; in recent years the provision of social and affordable housing has roared back to the forefront. The history of affordable housing in Chili is actually long and quite interesting. The programs in comparison to other countries in… Read More Chili is Leading the Affordable Housing Movement in South America.
We at ^Housing Futures believe it is just as important to learn about those working, living and advocating on behalf of social housing as it is to write about the programs and the housing. We are happy to profile leadership from the social housing industry from a broad array of backgrounds and countries. Questions Question:… Read More Public Housing Profile: Stephen Norman of The King County Housing Authority
Affordable housing around the world is always in need and most often not supplied in the manner that is required. Developed western nations struggle and the same struggles are felt in all parts of the globe. In the Middle East and North Africa, the population is growing rapidly and the average age of inhabitants is… Read More Affordable Housing in the Middle East and North Africa: Can Supply Keep Up With Demand?
Venezuela has been going through political unrest that is testing all parts of the countries systems. Everything from food to housing and public transportation have been affected by the issues taking place. Social housing has not been spared from the rough times within the country. An interesting dynamic is taking place between a massive social… Read More The Rise and Fall of Venezuelan Social Housing?
Migration to cities is a global trend: over 54% of the world population live in cities. Cities in the Global South deal with a lot of housing challenges because of the rapid urbanisation. “These challenges are way bigger than, for example, the Netherlands faced at the end of the 19th Century”, states Ellen Geurts of… Read More The biggest housing challenge is in the Global South
“Bring in knowledge from the south to the north,” Alfredo Brillembourg shouts on stage, while he presents his Urban Think Tank and several projects on the first day of the International Social Housing Festival in Amsterdam. In line with the topic of diversification, the US-Venezualan, Swiss-based architect delivers a keynote speech on how to achieve diversification… Read More Bring In Knowledge From The South To The North!
One of the things we are most proud of at the ISHF is our bringing together of voices from so many different national contexts, and whilst the problems and definitions may differ from country to country, the fight for decent and affordable housing remains universal! In this interview, Mr. Caesar W. Enwefah, Executive Secretary of the… Read More The struggle for housing rights in Nigeria
What is your background, and what exactly is Urban- Think Tank? I am an American/Venezuelan architect, currently based in Zurich, Switzerland. Together with co-founder Hubert Klumpner, I started multidisciplinary design practice Urban Think Tank in 1998 in Caracas, Venezuela. Our firm is working on a variety of projects, most of them in developing countries. Typical… Read More Our housing policies are outdated
The very first reason to organize a International Social Housing Festival was sharing knowledge on housing internationally, as we are very much aware that the biggest challege regarding housing lays in the developing world. Therefore we dedicated one festival day, the 20th of June, to sharing knowledge with countries outside of the European continent. Here… Read More IHS’s Ellen Geurts explains why she strives for better housing in the Global South