Joint Session Urban Innovative Actions/URBACT
In many cities throughout Europe, house prices and rents are increasing whilst living standards continue to stagnate. According to Eurostat, 82 million people in Europe are spending more than 40 % of their income on rent. And yet, globally, the real estate sector builds more wealth than any other sector, representing more than 3.5 times the total global GDP (with “residential” real estate accounting for more than two-thirds.)
Today, more European cities and social movements are calling governments at all levels to take responsibility for reaffirming housing as a right and not as a commodity. They are also showing the way by trying out concrete actions to implement the right to housing.
This workshop is the first of a series exploring the role of cities in working to implement this fundamental right. Building on the experience of UIA and URBACT cities, the EU urban agenda partnerships, practitioners and activists, it will explore collective, cooperative, social and municipal-led initiatives, as well as strategies preventing speculation on land and housing in European cities.
This session will introduce the main questions that that will be explored by the UIA/URBACT joint activity in the upcoming months and showcase some inspiring examples.