"I’ve worked in urbanism for the last 10 years, but I’m still surprised by the disproportionate attention paid by urbanists and housing professionals on urban inequality and informality. All too often I find myself coming out of conferences of planners wondering who urbanism is for. Most of the time I am one of the only anthropologists and I always need to justify why I see myself as an urbanist."
The BSHF Community-Led Housing programme was recently awarded funding from the Nationwide Foundation, which will allow us to add new resources, support greater partnership working and create increased visibility for the movement.
I joined BSHF two months ago, after working as an urban anthropologist with a social innovation agency in community-led urban regeneration across the UK.
Our thoughts are with our friends and partners in Nepal following the recent devastating earthquake. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia, but its people are rich in ideas and innovation.
The Second POWER HOUSE nZEC Symposium held in Versailles represented an excellent opportunity to assess the issues that cities of tomorrow will be facing in the near future and to discuss with local authorities’ representatives and housing experts about how Public, Cooperative and Social Housing providers should contribute to address these challenges and secure a ‘fair energy transition’.
The ten finalists for the 2014-15 World Habitat Awards have been chosen from over 200 projects, from over 80 countries around the globe. From initiatives focusing on homeless or marginalised people, large-scale lighting projects or finance models as well as community self-build in indigenous communities, this year’s finalists illustrate an impressive breadth of good practice in housing led by inspiring people worldwide.
In divided and cooperative property buildings, the role of the tenant or owner is crucial for the decision making process, especially with regard to the retrofitting of existing buildings.
David Ireland comments on solutions to global housing issues, on his return from the BSHF-funded peer exchange to the 100,000 Homes Campaign in the USA.
This report showcases the work of the winner of the 2012 World Habitat Award ‘South-South Cooperation: international transfer of the FUCVAM model of mutual aid housing cooperatives’.
In housing there are things that make your heart leap and others that make you want to weep. In my first two months as BSHF’s new Director I have seen both.