24 Apr 2020

How can cities build alternative community-led housing models? - URBACT-UIA webconference on community-led practices

URBACT-UIA webconference on community-led practices!
URBACT and UIA organised a web conference (24 April) on Community-Led practices, exploring the practical ways cities implement community-led practices for housing. 300 participants shared their ideas and experiences with city practitioners and experts on how to design alternative housing models that meet the residents needs for safe, adequate and affordable housing.

Read the introductory paper available here and the follow-up article here

Download the presentation here

The full video is now available on the UIA and URBACT Youtube channels


Explore the UIA Knowledge Lab and the housing web page to find out more about UIA experiences in this area. 


While the public provision of low income, adequate and affordable housing is still to be pursued, alternative housing models and governance structures are experimented by European cities.
The web conference will look into cities’ experiments to understand how community-led practices, through collaborative schemes, induce financial, social and citizen engagement solutions to housing affordability issues.  

Building on the experience of UIA and URBACT cities, this online event is designed as an interactive forum to present and discuss innovative solutions such as community-land trusts, co-housing, shared ownership and re-municipalisation of housing. 

It aims to inspire city leaders and practitioners to collaborate and take action at municipal level. The discussion will also contribute to the European Urban Agenda Partnership on housing and will help develop further policy recommendations to push the agenda on the right to housing EU wide.


11.00 – 11.10

Welcome and introduction by Laura Colini, UIA-URBACT expert

11.10 – 11:25

City case on Community Land Trust: UIA CALICO, Brussels Capital, by Arthur Cady, CALICO project manager


Reflections on CLT and co-housing, by Dr Michael Lafond, urbanist and activist


Q&A/chat, animated by Levente Polyak


City case on cooperative housing: URBACT ALT/BAU, Chemnitz, by Volker Tzschucke

12:00 – 12.10

Reflections on cooperative housing, by Andreas Wirz, architecht and member of WBG Zurich


Q&A/chat, animated by Levente Polyak, UIA-URBACT expert


City case on co-housing: UIA E-CO-Housing, Budapest, by Rebeka Szabo, Deputy-Mayor

12.45 – 12.55

Reflections on collaborative housing, by Dr Darinka Czisckhe, urbanist and sociologist


Q&A/chat, animated by Levente Polyak, UIA-URBACT expert


Closing session, by Michalis Goudis, Housing Europe



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