The ISHF highlights the essential link between the homes we live in, the cities we inhabit and the overall quality of life. Acknowledging this link means recognizing the extremely complex landscape that cities, in Europe and beyond, have to navigate in order to find housing solutions that are affordable, fair and inclusive. To face such complexity, cities are increasingly shaping new partnerships with different local stakeholders to experiment new bold solutions in a real urban scale.
The Urban Innovative Actions Initiative has been created by the European Commission to share the risk of the experimentation with frontrunners cities to test innovative solutions to pressing urban challenges.
In 2018, 5 new UIA projects have been funded under the topic of Housing (Brussels Capital Region, Ghent, Mataro’, Lyon Metropole and XIV district of Budapest). Demonstrating once more the integrated nature of any policy related to housing, the 5 projects approach the question under different but complementary angles, from housing affordability to social diversity and energy efficiency.
The solutions proposed are diverse and include Community Land Trust schemes or subsidy retention mechanisms as well as new municipal housing cooperatives, new construction techniques and temporary uses of working sites. In addition, although not selected under the topic Housing, three other UIA projects (Antwerp, Athens and Nantes) have a focus on inclusive housing solutions for marginalized target groups (refugees and homeless).
The L’Autre Soie site, the center of the UIA project Home Silk Road, will offer a perfect setting to gather for the first time all UIA projects with a focus on housing.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about each of the projects and attend a panel discussion where UIA cities will bring their perspective on the main topics of the ISHF (Housing for all; Right to the city; a planet for tomorrow).
The event will continue with different activities on the site of l’Autre Soie to discover the incredibly diverse activities already going on and to imagine together how it will evolve with the UIA project Home Silk Road.
Finally a festive moment will be offered by the different organizations active in the area!