In cities all over the world, housing is becoming unaffordable while homelessness is increasing. Although housing is recognized as an international human right, it often seems to be perceived as a commodity. How can we move away from housing as an investment to a home - a place to live in dignity? What does it mean for policy and practice when we start to imply the right to housing? With among others urban sociologist Saskia Sassen, economist Laurie MacFarlane and gentrification expert Cody Hochstenbach.
During this conference we will elaborate on why we need to rethink the economics of land and housing. We will explore how housing as a human right can be applied in the international, national and local context. This conference will be moderated by Nanke Verloo.
09.00 – 09.30 A.M. WALK-IN
09.30 – 11.00 A.M. HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT: INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION AND REFLECTIONS
- Alfredo Brillembourg (Venezuela/United States) – Architect/CEO at Urban-Think Tank (U-TT)
- Laurie MacFarlane (Scotland) – Economist and co-author of the book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing
- Saskia Sassen (United States) – Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
11.00 – 11.30 A.M. COFFEE BREAK
11.30 – 12.30 P.M. HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT IN THE NETHERLANDS & AMSTERDAM
Spatial segregation and its consequences
- Cody Hochstenbach – Post-doc gentrification researcher at University of Amsterdam
- Minouche Besters – STIPO
- Hester van Buren – Director Rochdale, Social Housing Association
Short introduction on housing first by Juha Kaakinen
- Jan de Vries – Netherlands Institute of Human Rights
- Mieke van den Berg – Director Eigen Haard, Social Housing Association
- Savannah Koolen – Amsterdam City Rights
1.30 – 3.30 P.M.
1. How Finland solved homelessness – lessons from Juha Kaakinen (Y-Foundation & Finnish Housing First Model) (EN)
By: Leger des Heils, Gemeente Amsterdam, Cliëntenbelang, HVO-Querido, Rochdale and Amsterdamse Federatie van Woningcorporaties
With Juha Kaakinen (Y-Foundation, Helsinki) we dive into the Finnish Housing First Model. Which lessons can we learn and can be applied in Amsterdam (and the Netherlands)?
Community-led housing models like community land trusts and ‘wooncoöperaties’ in Dutch are being seen as a way to realize affordable housing and apply housing as a human right. However, the availability and affordability of land is often a complexity in community-led housing models. Can we solve this?
With a.o. Laurie MacFarlane (economist and co-author of the book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing), Maarten van Poelgeest (catalysator community-led housing models Amsterdam) and Jacqueline Tellinga (urban planner).
In this interactive session, participants are invited to share knowledge and experiences on social housing, green gentrification and energy democracy.