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Square peg in a round hole: Innovation in European housing and the opportunities for the UK

Square peg in a round hole: Innovation in European housing and the opportunities for the UK

By Louise Cannon , February 2016

The UK is in the grip of a housing crisis. Over 260,000 new private houses are required to meet the demand of the housing sector, while house prices are now almost seven times the average income. Levels of homelessness are rising; there are now nearly nine million people in the UK living in private rented accommodation, and they are at risk of soaring rents, hidden fees and instability.

The problems extend beyond a lack of affordable housing, and there are clear differences of opinion on how to respond to these growing problems.

Louise carried out action research into European Models of Sustainable Housing to explore how communities can drive change and build resilience in order to tackle the societal and environmental challenges we face today, and importantly those we can anticipate for the future.

Her study explores three case studies in detail: Copenhagen, Freiburg and the Netherlands, in addition to outlining the opportunities for the UK to adopt and utilise these models.

You can read the full report here.

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