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How can cities build alternative community-led housing models?

As part of a one-year learning activity, URBACT and UIA organised a web conference on 24 April exploring practical ways cities can implement the right to housing. Tesserae’s senior researcher Laura Colini moderated the discussion that contributes to the European Urban Agenda Parntership on housing and helps develop further policy recommendations to push the agenda on the right to housing at national and EU levels.  Building on the experience of UIA and URBACT cities, this online event was designed as an interactive forum to present and discuss innovative solutions and trends such as community-land trusts, co-housing and cooperative housing. 

Speakers included:

  • Dr Darinka Czischke is assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). With over 15 years’ international experience in research, teaching and consultancy, her expertise includes collaborative housing model with a comparative approach.
  • Dr Michael LaFond is an activist, research and practitioner working at the intersections of common good and collective ownership in Berlin. He has decades of experience in co-housing.
  • Andreas Wirz, is an architecht, co founder of Kraftwerk, and member of WBG Zurich
  • Michalis Goudis, Housing Europe
  • UIA CALICO project (Brussels) and UIA E-CO Housing (Budapest)
  • URBACT ALT/BAU (Chemnitz)


You can find more about the outcomes of this seminar in the article  Community-led housing – a key ingredient of urban housing policy published by Laura Colini and Levente Polyak on the URBACT website

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