Housing issues


The European building industry in general and the Dutch building industry in particular are at a tipping point. After a few years of firm crisis and numerous social, developments Eruope has a completely different context than the period of strong economic growth that characterized the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st century. The housing assignment and the way it is addressed thus also changes; This change refers both to the content of the housing assignment and to the role of the various parties in the process.

European countries are challenged by numerous developments that have an impact on housing. Temporary and permanent migration (in & out), strong urbanisation of metropolitan regions, an aging population in a dismantling welfare state, large areas with a low quality housing stock and poor energy performance and the urgent need to improve the sustainability of areas and buildings are relevant themes in all countries. The way these themes are addressed and solved are very different in each country. Local politics, financial situation and roleplay in the building industry all have an effect on these solutions. We would like to learn more about these differences, about the specific solutions and about the role architects play in addressing themes and exploring solutions.  The aim of this research project is to find inspiration and exchange experiences in dealing with future housing challenges.

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