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
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
The last nine days have been a whirlwind of activity, with so many different problems, solutions and ideas flying around that it has been nigh-on impossible to keep track. Only right, then, that today the organizers and reporters who have dedicated so much of their energy and passion these last 216 hours came together to… Read More ISHF Closing Event
We can look back on an incredible first edition of the International Social Housing Festival that has exceeded our expectations in many ways. It got bigger, better, stronger, more diverse, more international, more vivid, and more exciting than we could ever have conceived. I strongly believe this not solely because of my fantastic team, who is truly spectacular, nor… Read More Expand our movement!
Housing is the environment within which our daily lives take place: from art and architecture, energy and social equality, wealth redistribution to real-estate, housing is a good place to start if one wants to have a profound impact on people’s lives. No wonder then, that the first International Social Housing Festival has attracted such a… Read More The ISHF: a global conversation on housing
After spending four days at the International Social Housing Festival, I am taking my leave and headed on holidays. I leave fully motivated and energized by my colleagues from around the world. I thought I would take a few minutes as I sit at the airport and write a few notes as they are fresh… Read More 3 Final Thoughts: My Time At the ISHF
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
“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
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?
One of the key themes of this festival is migration to cities. How can the city ensure equal and just access to housing? At the conference ‘A right to the city a right to housing’, organized by the Jaap Bakema study center in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, 6 speakers on 2 panels discussed housing… Read More The right of access to the city