Towns and cities across the world are grappling with the same crisis of housing affordability.
Urban areas are now the focus for economic growth, but this brings with it problems of gentrification and affordability. This is particularly true in booming high-tech cities like Eindhoven trying to attract young talent from across the globe, while securing an ample supply of quality affordable housing and community facilities.
The revival of cities may be a cause for celebration. But, as urbanists, we also have a responsibility to address the social and economic inequalities driven by globalisation that has left large sections of population with no hope of owning a home and relying exclusively on the diminishing supply of affordable and social housing.
There is no better place to explore these issues than Eindhoven – a former industrial powerhouse that reinvented itself to become a vibrant city of technologically-driven innovation and collaboration, which is also focussing on new and innovative ways of providing affordable housing.
Through a combination of cycling and walking tours, plenary and breakout sessions, panel discussions and speakers drawn from across Europe and beyond, we will learn how Eindhoven and others are creating high quality, yet attainable, living environments and in particular how they are addressing the affordable housing crisis.
- A Place to Call Home: Urbanism and affordable housing
- The New Age of Public Housing & City Making
- A very Swiss approach: How Switzerland approaches affordable housing compared to Germany and the UK
- What can we learn from the Dutch?
- Housing: For investment or for homes?
- Eindhoven: a city ready to jump even higher
- Architecture in Eindhoven