How the National vs. Local Disconnect is Harming Cities

I recently had a chance to meet and hear from Dr. Rudiger Ahrend the head for the Urban Programme in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development.   He gave a presentation at Housing Europe’s yearly conference regarding the rise of large cities and the challenges that it presents for housing.  Dr. Ahrend… Read More How the National vs. Local Disconnect is Harming Cities

Housing Policy: How the National vs. Local Disconnect is Harming Cities

I recently had a chance to meet and hear from Dr. Rudiger Ahrend the head for the Urban Programme in the OECD’s Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development.   He gave a presentation at Housing Europe’s yearly conference regarding the rise of large cities and the challenges that it presents for housing.  Dr. Ahrend… Read More Housing Policy: How the National vs. Local Disconnect is Harming Cities

Different cities, similar lessons: the AFWC’s pan-European discussion

On this balmy summer day a large group of people answered the call to come together to exchange knowledge and discuss the challenges that social housing associations have to cope with in modern times. Five representatives of larger European cities (Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam) presented their social housing context and the challenges they have… Read More Different cities, similar lessons: the AFWC’s pan-European discussion

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?