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Nature provides us with everything we need. Not just in terms of sustainable resources but also on an emotional level. Being outside and connecting with your surroundings brings so much joy. This is what I find worth protecting.

Community Land Trusts: Guaranteed Housing Affordability

Everyday people can make a difference in their communities. This is the vision that Community Land Trusts (CLTs) build upon. They are groups of local people who create community assets. And they provide an innovative solution to the housing affordability crisis. Sounds pretty cool, right? We spoke to Peg...

Unusual Homes from Around the Globe

If you think prefab houses are revolutionary, check this out! Homes produced by an advanced soft serve ice cream machine and houses floating thanks to an ancient Greek principle – these and other unusual homes are what we’ve got in store for you. As our cities grow and evolve, new...

The Challenge of Making Housing Healthy

Making housing healthy is not a piece of cake. To give you an idea of the challenges you might come across, we have dug through a myriad of guides and condensed the top five challenges into bite-sized pieces. Our surroundings impact our health. Since we spend up to 90% of...

The Challenge of Creating More Space in Dense Cities

The growing population of urban dwellers has an archenemy: space. Many cities don’t have enough of it. Or so it seems. Creating more space in dense cities is a tricky (yet possible) task. Below we’ve summarised some of the challenges you may stumble across. Even though many of our cities...

Housing: How to Get Started

Improving the housing market is no easy task and getting the ball rolling requires a lot of time and persistence. The beginning is always the hardest, after all. To help you out, we have created this handy step-by-step guide of how to get started with housing. The housing market is...

The Challenge of Introducing Alternative Living Models

The benefits of alternative – or communal – living models are vast. Sharing is not just caring but also great for our pocket, mental health, and the housing market. So, what’s the catch? Introducing alternative living models can be tough. Are single-family homes the answer to all our housing questions?...

How to Organise a Productive Debate on Housing

Debates about housing can be frustrating. People point fingers, refuse to listen, or simply aren’t interested at all. The International Social Housing Festival (ISHF) addresses this problem. Its aim: organise a productive debate on housing and engage everyone. We sat down with Sina Rasilainen, head coordinator of ISHF 2022,...

CityChanger Orna Rosenfeld: “I Created My Job Because I Believed in Something”

Do you want to drive change in cities but can’t find a role that allows you to do so? Why not be like our CityChanger Dr Orna Rosenfeld and create your own job? Tackling the housing affordability crisis, advising international banks, and passing on knowledge to students – housing expert...

The Challenge of Making Housing Affordable

Making housing affordable is not a simple task. To make things easier for you, we have researched some of the main challenges you will come across. Familiarise yourself with them now and get a head start! There is no place like home. It’s more than just shelter. It’s a place...

Driving Change on a Local Level: Mathis Dippon

Young Leader Mathis Dippon is convinced that change is best driven on a local level. This conviction motivates him to design, plan, and constantly re-imagine events that help communities tackle current and future challenges. We sat down with Mathis to learn more about his inspiring work and find out...

Five Truths About Housing We Don’t Discuss

In the heated discussion about housing and the housing affordability crisis, it is easy to lose track. What points should we consider when talking about housing? What do we need to raise awareness of? We conversed with global advisor Dr Orna Rosenfeld who told us which (often overlooked) aspects...

The Challenges of Improving Housing

Housing is a complex issue. Depending on what aspect of it you want to change, you will come across many different challenges. Whether you want to make housing affordable, tackle homelessness, or promote new ways of living, we have worked hard to collate all the challenges you might face. All...

The Challenge of Creating Housing for Vulnerable Groups

If you want to create housing for vulnerable groups, you have to factor in quite a few aspects: you need to provide permanent housing that comes with plenty of (optional) services; and you also want to build a community, seek partnerships, and pay close attention to design. As you might...

How to Create Housing for Vulnerable Groups

We need to provide housing for everyone in our cities, including the most vulnerable groups. Doing so encourages social cohesion, promotes wellbeing, and ultimately makes our cities better places. The question is: how can we create housing for vulnerable groups? And what aspects do we need to factor in?...

Guarantee It: The Right to Adequate Housing

Access to adequate housing is a human right. And yet, we are still struggling to accommodate everyone in our cities. To understand why – and ultimately resolve this issue – we need to take a deep dive. Let’s explore the history, conditions, and issues of the right to adequate...

How to Solve the Housing Affordability Crisis

The housing market is in crisis. Demand is increasing, rents are soaring, and even middle-income earners are struggling to afford to live in cities. What is the root of this housing affordability crisis, and how can we solve it? Barbara Steenbergen from the International Union of Tenants provided us...

Housing: Useful Guides

Finding useful resources that help you improve the housing situation in your city is often difficult. Not because there’s nothing out there. Quite the contrary: there is so much information out there that it’s easy to lose track. But don’t worry – we’ve got your back! We’ve collected some brilliant...

From PROMISE to ENERGY PUSH: Past and Ongoing EU Projects on Housing

Housing is a complex and multifaceted topic. We want our homes to be eco-friendly, socially inclusive, well-maintained, and – at the end of the day – affordable. That sounds like quite a challenge to tackle, doesn’t it? The six EU projects presented here had the courage to face this challenge....