24 avr 2020

Apr 2020 Events How can cities build alternative community-led housing models? - URBACT-UIA webconference on community-led practices

URBACT-UIA webconference on community-led practices!
Save the date! 24 April web conference on Community-Led practices URBACT and UIA are organising a web conference on 24 April (10.00 AM – 13.00 PM), exploring the practical ways cities implement community-led practices for housing. Save the date to share your ideas and experiences and to discuss with high level experts on alternative housing models.

Read the introductory paper available 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, the EU urban agenda partnerships, practitioners and experts, this web conference is the first of a series on the role of cities in working to implement this fundamental right. 

The online event is designed as an interactive exchange bringing experienced voices, exploring municipal-led initiatives and looking at innovative solutions and trends such as shared ownership, community-land trust, co-housing, cooperative housing and re-municipalisation of housing. 
The outcomes of this web conference will contribute directly into the European Urban Agenda Partnership on affordable housing work and will feed the set of actions and recommendations in terms of better knoweldge among cities, also aiming at pushing 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 TBC


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 co-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


Confirmed speakers

  • 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.
  • Michalis Goudis, Housing Europe
  • UIA CALICO (Brussels) and UIA E-CO Housing (Budapest) projects
  • URBACT ALT/BAU (Chemnitz)

Moderated by Laura Colini, UIA and URBACT Expert, with support from Levente Polyak, UIA and URBACT Expert

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