A few years ago I told a group of friends in Germany that I had been in more European cities than American. In fact, in 2015 at the age of 34 I had never visited New York City. A few months later, I finally made my way into the Big Apple and was amazed by… Read More China Is Building a City 3X Bigger Than New York: Housing and Urban Policy
Linda Dreier | Patrick Kammerzelt | Philipp Ringswirth | Marlene Samhaber | Julia Staufer The Consequences of the Housing Act 2015 revisited Compared to the Netherlands as a whole, social housing is more popular in Amsterdam. This is illustrated in the figure below: While half the housing stock in Amsterdam consisted of social rented housing… Read More The Aftermath of the Dutch Social Housing Act of 2015
“We need to rethink our cities, so they can better cope with migration. It’s not a temporally situation but a permanent one,” states Michelle Provoost of Crimson Architectural Historians. She is one of the organisers of the ISHF event ‘Migration and Mobility in cities in the West’, on emerging migration and mobility to and in… Read More How cities can cope with migration
New Orleans is one of America’s finest cities. A mixture of culture, arts, music, food and entertainment make it one of the most popular cities for domestic and international travelers. In 2005, a horrible storm hit the city and caused the most damage up to that point of any natural disaster in the USA. Much… Read More Public Housing in New Orleans: Looking Back 12 Years After Hurricane Katrina
Amidst the so-called refugee crisis, our cities have become home to a new form of city-dweller: the urban refugee. According to UNHCR, 60% of refugees worldwide reside in urban environments. In many ways, cities have now become containers for individuals whose lives are placed on hold. Whilst already experiencing significant housing crises, cities now presented… Read More Social Housing in Amsterdam is Helping to Solve the Urban Refugee Crisis
This week we will look back on ^HousingFutures’ articles of 2017. One of our main topics was migration, here is our retrospective. The difference between the Global North (or better: ‘the West’) and the Global South remains incredibly big. While in the Global North countries are relatively stable, people are relatively rich and healthy and… Read More ^HousingFutures’ 2017: Migration
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?
Whether they are coming from terrible political situations, war or even fleeing climate change, the number of refugees needing shelter should be expected to go up in the future. Sometimes we think of refugees by the political moment we are living in so the situation in Syria might come to mind. However; you only need… Read More 5 Creative Housing Ideas for Refugees
Everyone working in on social housing will recognize that despite all good intentions and efforts of politicians, activists and even market parties, realization and maintaining of a decent social housing stock is extremely tough. The sector has the stigma of money consuming (and spoiling) real estate projects with vague incentives. And once in use the… Read More 3 things we learned at the International Social Housing Festival
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?