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 economist Laurie MacFarlane, gentrification expert Cody Hochstenbach and Dutch housing market expert Peter Boelhouwer.
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. More information on this conference and additional (inter)national speakers will follow shortly.
09.00 – 09.30 A.M. WALK-IN
09.30 – 11.00 A.M. HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT: INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION AND REFLECTIONS
- Saskia Sassen (United States) – Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
- Laurie MacFarlane (Scotland) – Economist and co-author of the book Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing
- Juha Kaakinen (Finland) – Y-foundation, housing corporation based on Housing First principle
- Alfredo Brillembourg (Venezuela/United States) – Architect/CEO at Urban-Think Tank (U-TT)
11.00 – 11.30 A.M. COFFEE BREAK
11.30 – 12.30 P.M. HOUSING AS A HUMAN RIGHT IN THE NETHERLANDS & AMSTERDAM
- Cody Hochstenbach – Post-doc gentrification researcher at University of Amsterdam
- Peter Boelhouwer – Professor Housing Systems at Delft University of Technology
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)?
2. Community-led housing models (EN)
Community led-housing models are being seen as an instrument to realize affordable housing, as a way to apply housing as a human right. However, the question of land in community led-housing models is a complex one. How can we claim land for community-led housing models?
With Laurie MacFarlane (econimist and co-author of the book ‘Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing’) and Maarten van Poelgeest (
3. Sustainable and Just Cities: Exploring Challenges & Contradictions – On social housing, green gentrification and energy democracy (EN)
In this interactive session, participants are invited to share knowledge and experiences on social housing, green gentrification and energy democracy.