Europe should be made more sustainable. This does not only mean reducing our carbon emission and re-using our heritages. Making Europe more sustainable, also means creating an inclusive society. Wealth and prosperity should be attainable for everyone, no groups should be left out.
However, the growing gentrification in our cities lead to a forth going segregation between different types of residents. Within popular parts of our cities, only rich people can afford renting or buying a house, while less wealthy people are forced to move to other, less popular parts. This development does not help making our cities future-proof. Creating affordable housing in popular neighbourhoods and mixing different types of housing stimulates the integration of An inclusive society does not appear by itself. How can inclusiveness be stimulated?
In the publication The Flexible City – sustainable solutions for a Europe in Transition the authors Tom Bergevoet en Maarten van Tuijl widen their methodological analysis from their successful Dutch publication de Flexibele Stad, to the European scale. They present a toolbox that helps answering the questions asked above.
In this series of events called “the Flexible City”, analyses, methods, instruments and examples of this book will be discussed. Social inclusion and affordable housing is an important subtheme in the book and will be the theme of tonight’s discussion.
by moderators Tom Bergevoet and Marnix ten Holder
Introduction and 3 diabolic dilemmas related to European examples by Jonge Honden.
relating the booktheme to subtheme of social inclusion and affordable housing:
Tom Bergevoet (temp.architecture)
Short video-interviews with representatives of good examples of social inclusion and affordable housing throughout Europe:
Germany, Hamburg: IFB, the local government as bank
Belgium, Antwerp: AG VESPA, the municipality as developer
Germany, Tübingen: the user as developer
France, Mulhouse: La Cité Manifeste, the developer as creator of cheap housing formulas
To what degree should the government interfere in the housing market in order to enhance social inclusion? Are there things that corporations or developers can do to enhance social inclusion? Can the shown examples inspire to changes in the Amsterdam situation?
Eric van der Kooij