Community-led housing development

A key ingredient for a new housing architecture and policy










Inside the global picture of financialization of the land and the territory required by the neoliberal national policies, housing became a financial tool neglecting its nature as a common good, as reported by Raquel Rolnik, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing.

In light of this, the research reflects on the paths that commoning efforts in the housing sector can take in the complex contemporary situation, in which neither the state nor the market are fully capable of offering satisfactory solutions for a just and sustainable provision of basic urban resources as delineated by UN Agenda 2030. This attempt will be articulated around the analysis of European examples, such as Mietshäuser Syndikat, CLT, Trias and Edith Marion Foundations, showing the re-emergence of forms of community-led and collaborative housing, in order to sketch an image of the innovative models and strategies of housing tenure and provision from a common perspective.

The analysis wants to focus on spatial and architectural innovations that those models put into practice; on legal and economics instruments created and able to empower the communities to decommodify the building stocks and to enlarge the housing rights. Important is to study the community-led practices, their level of autonomy and self-organization able to trigger  new concrete solutions for the housing issues and a democratic governance for a bundle of actors involved in the complex development of housing projects, as responsible makers-users of the resource that their homes constitute.