Your #Housing2030 Making A House a Home Series
INVESTING RIGHT IN HOUSING SYSTEMS IN TRANSITION
with Grzegorz Gajda, Regional and Urban Development at European Investment Bank
April 12, 2021
Well-functioning housing systems can be easy to grasp and build upon. At the same time, developing housing systems in transition or even starting from zero is not a given. It takes political will, dedication, time, adequate and targeted investment to ensure that communities in our cities and rural areas have decent, quality homes allowing them to focus on bigger goals in life.
In this episode, we are meeting virtually Grzegorz Gajda from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to discuss how long-term and well-planned sustainable finance can result in healthy, financially sound housing that works for the society at large.
If you want to hear more from the EIB and the work it does on housing, join the next Housing 2030 conference ‘Shaping investment pathways to deliver affordable housing’ on 14th April. Last-minute registrations are possible on www.housingeurope.eu and www.housing2030.org.
A good land policy, the idea of the 15-minute city, how to manage a successful renovation, improving the cities we live in, the fundamental ‘building blocks’ of good housing governance, the Finnish model, diverse funding and combatting financialisation. The list of the previous Housing 2030 podcasts is quite long. If you have missed some, you are more than welcome to tune in on Anchor, Spotify, Google or Apple podcasts.
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THE ABC OF HOUSING MARKET FINANCIALISATION AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIX IT
with Manuel Aalbers, KU Leuven School of Geography & Tourism
April 8, 2021
Try discussing housing affordability without mentioning the financialisation of real estate property. This key concept has affected the general housing conditions in many countries - big funds buying tens of thousands of homes, expanding mortgage market that drives up prices, constantly increasing rents, gentrification and pricing people out. The financialisation of housing can easily sound complex, so we have invited someone who can explain it even to a grandma.
You are with ‘Making a house a home’ - the podcast of the European federation of public, cooperative and social housing providers, Housing Europe. This is the 11th podcast of Housing 2030, the joint initiative of UNECE, UN-Habitat and Housing Europe that aims at bringing the best out of land and environmental policy, governance and finance to deliver housing affordability. I am Diana Yordanova and in this episode, we will look at the virtue of adequate funding and finance or more specifically, how governments can get to grips with the financialisation of homes.
The guest of the show today is Professor Manuel Aalbers who is a human geographer, sociologist and urban planner teaching at the prestigious KU Leuven University in Belgium. His main research interest is in the intersection of housing and finance which as you will hear, has turned into one of the biggest challenges of our time that we need to solve if we want our communities to thrive.
Manuel Aalbers will join the main panel of the upcoming Housing 2030 conference ‘Shaping investment pathways to deliver affordable housing’ which will take place online on 14th April. Last registrations are open at www.housingeurope.eu and www.housing2030.org. We are also curious to hear your thoughts, so feel free to reach out to us on email@example.com or via the #Housing2030 hashtag.
DIVERSE FUNDING ENSURES HOUSING AFFORDABILITY WHEN PUBLIC FINANCES 'GET A COLD'
with Michelle Norris, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin
April 6, 2021
Being a fundamental right, our homes should be treated the same way in national accounts as energy or transport infrastructure. While we often think of the social benefits of housing affordability, there are also a handful of economic reasons to reform or improve housing finance.
Building more social housing, for example, counterbalances house price inflation. Grants, loans, adapted interest rates that support the construction or renovation of homes might appear as costly solutions, but solid evidence shows that it is still a much better option for governments than subsidising rents or mortgages for private housing in the long run.
You are with ‘Making a house a home’ - the podcast of the European federation of public, cooperative and social housing providers, Housing Europe. The show hosts a series of episodes of the Housing 2030 initiative led by UNECE, UN-Habitat and Housing Europe. If we have not yet met digitally, I am Diana Yordanova.
This is the 10th Housing 2030 podcast and the first episode in which we will dive into funding and financing instruments that succeed to deliver more affordable, decent housing. On the other end of the line is Professor Michelle Norris whose teaching and research interests focus on housing policy and urban regeneration, particularly on the management and financing of social housing. Since 2017, she has the been chair of the Housing Finance Agency which supports social housing in Ireland.
It has now become a tradition to open up these small conversations to a bigger audience and this episode will make no exception. Join the fourth and final Housing 2030 thematic conference titled ‘Shaping investment pathways to deliver affordable housing’. It is happening on 14th April and you can still reserve your digital seat at www.housingeurope.eu or www.housing2030.org.
HOW TO TAKE THE FINNISH TRACK IN HOUSING POLICY?
with Jarmo Lindén, Director of the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)
February 19, 2021
A European champion in tackling homelessness, Finland has been implementing sensible land policies and for half a century already, applying the social mix principle where regardless of where you live, your neighbour can be someone who rents social or private housing, or someone who owns a home.
This is the ‘Making a house a home’ show, aired straight from Brussels in what we call today a home office. I am Diana Yordanova and you are listening to the 9th podcast of the Housing 2030 initiative, led by housing experts from over 56 governments through UNECE, UN-Habitat and more than 43,000 social, affordable housing providers represented by Housing Europe.
This episode puts good governance and Finland’s housing solutions at the centre. The Director of the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA), Jarmo Lindén says that to achieve a good urban social mix, ‘you have to do this from the beginning’ and smiles by saying that Finnish are pragmatic.
On 24th February, Jarmo Linden will join the Q&A panel of the next Housing 2030 digital conference - “Good governance and regulation to support affordability in housing”. Registrations will remain open in the next few days at or . Jarmo will be joined by our two previous podcast guests – Dr Julie Lawson, the Housing 2030 lead writer and Dr Ken Gibb – the director of UK’s Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence. A great discussion is in sight, so, keep an eye on the #Housing2030 hashtag and share your thoughts on housing affordability.
Tune in for our conversation with Jarmo, just a few hours before he goes skiing for the weekend.
EVIDENCE - THE COMPASS OF A GOOD HOUSING GOVERNANCE
with Ken Gibb, Director of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)
February 15, 2021
“Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule,” writes Charles Dickens in his novel the ‘Great expectations’. When speaking about evidence, the hundreds of graphs and reports about the current state of housing and well-being are crystal clear - prices and incomes rarely march shoulder to shoulder. But is housing legislation always based on facts? Positive examples of housing affordability do exist, and yet, serious improvements in this direction are more than necessary.
Welcome to ‘Making a house a home’ - the podcast of Housing Europe, the European federation of public, cooperative and social housing providers. You are listening to the 8th episode of the Housing 2030 initiative led by UNECE, UN-Habitat and Housing Europe, this is also the second podcast in which we are speaking about governance. Our guest today is the Director of the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), Ken Gibb. Since 2017, the centre has been making the link between academia, housing policy and practice.
The discussion continues also beyond Anchor, Spotify, Apple or Google Podcasts. Be part of it and attend the next Housing 2030 digital conference “Good governance and regulation to support affordability in housing” on 24th February. The registration is open on www.housing2030.org.
And now, it is time to travel virtually to the UK and kick off the conversation with Ken Gibb.
THE FUNDAMENTAL 'BUILDING BLOCKS' OF GOOD HOUSING GOVERNANCE
with Dr Julie Lawson, #Housing2030 Lead Writer and Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University
February 1, 2021
When was the last time when you took a stroll around a neighbourhood and you found it well-maintained, with a good social mix and green spaces or just the opposite, rather run-down, leaving you a feeling that things can be improved? And a second question to kick off the discussion - when was the last time when you thought that districts, homes and people’s quality of life are the result of a strategic, systematic political action or perhaps inaction?
Welcome to ‘Making a house a home’ - the podcast of Housing Europe, the European federation of public, cooperative and social housing providers. You are listening to the 7th episode of Housing 2030 - the joint international initiative of housing experts from over 56 governments through UNECE and UN-Habitat and 43,000 affordable housing providers represented by Housing Europe. I am Diana Yordanova and I hope you will dive into the ‘new season’ of our Housing 2030 mini-series which will be looking at governance.
Our podcast guest today says that “effective champions” and “best practice in leadership and commitment” can drive people’s lives forward, but also that “a housing system that is poorly regulated can be really costly.” This is Dr Julie Lawson – a Housing 2030 Lead Writer and Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University. This is the second time Julie Lawson is on this show. In May last year, she discussed with us why good land policy and the need to plan for the wider public interest matter. Now, we will be looking at what kind of governance can build a type of housing system that we want to have and that we need for future generations.
You can get to know more about policies that work for homes and for people during the next Housing 2030 digital conference “Good governance and regulation to support affordability in housing”. The event will be held online on 24th February and you can register for it on www.housingeurope.eu or www.housing2030.org.
Remember also to keep an eye on the #Housing2030 hashtag and subscribe for our ‘Making a house a home’ podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Google or Apple podcasts.
Stay safe and talk to you soon!
THE ‘COCKTAIL OF CHANGE’ IMPROVING THE CITIES WE LIVE IN
with Brian Evans, Glasgow’s first ever City Urbanist
November 3, 2020
We can’t judge a book by its cover but can we have a clear idea of the vision of a city by looking at how liveable it is. Paying special attention to the level of existing affordable housing, the configuration of its neighbourhoods, the ecological footprint of homes and people’s access to green spaces, could be a hint helping us to define how functional megapolises, cities, small towns and rural areas are.
Welcome to the podcast of Housing Europe, the European federation of public, cooperative and social housing providers. This is the sixth episode dedicated to the ‘Housing 2030’ joint international initiative of Housing Europe, UN-Habitat and UNECE.
Glasgow’s first ever City Urbanist, Brian Evans is the guest of “Making a house a home”. To him, living in cities is a state of being and he sometimes prefers leaving abstraction, percentages and technical terms out of the housing narrative, to remind that people are in the centre of their homes and not in the peripheric. Working also as a Professor at Scotland’s Glasgow School of Art, the discussion with Brian Evans gives a lot of food for thought.
You can get to know more about working policies for quality living in cities during the next Housing 2030 digital conference 'Climate change, environmental and health impacts on housing affordability'. The event will be held on 10th November and you can find all information on www.housingeurope.eu.
Remember that we also welcome more inspirational interviewees from the world of housing. If you are one of them or you know someone, reach out to us at .
BRINGING TENANTS ON BOARD - AN INGREDIENT FOR A SUCCESSFUL RENOVATION
with Dr Holger Wallbaum, #Housing2030 researcher and a Professor of Sustainable building at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg
October 28, 2020
Our home – the place where we now work and play, celebrate holidays and relax might seem to us to be always the same, just as we left it this morning. At the same time, we also know that housing is developing as we are speaking. Isn’t that a fascinating paradox? Housing renovation is now on nearly all political agendas, seen as a way to achieve climate goals, improve people’s lives and boost the economy. Innovative solutions and models are coming from different corners of Europe. We see the advancement, but we also see the global health pandemic as a constant reminder of a further deepening housing crisis.
With so much going on, we might need a second pair of eyes to see the spectrum of achievements and challenges in the sector. Welcome to the podcast of Housing Europe, the European federation of public, cooperative and social housing providers. This episode is dedicated to the ‘Housing 2030’ joint international initiative of Housing Europe, UN-Habitat and UNECE.
The guest of ‘Making a house a home’ today is one of the Housing 2030 researchers - Dr Holger Wallbaum – a Professor of Sustainable building at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden and an internationally recognised expert in the field of various kinds of sustainability assessments of buildings, road infrastructures, districts and cities. Being a frequent member of evaluation committees of several EU member state research councils and the Research and Innovation programme of the EU, he knows what innovating to face the new frontiers is.
We can continue the conversation during the next Housing 2030 digital conference 'Climate change, environmental and health impacts on housing affordability' which will be held on 10th November and will host an excellent line up of speakers.
You can find all information about the event on our website www.housingeurope.eu.
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Let’s kick off the discussion with Holger Wallbaum together.
HOMES GOOD FOR THE CLIMATE AND FOR THE POCKET - IT IS POSSIBLE
with Martin van Rijn, Chairperson of the Dutch Association of Housing Corporations, Aedes
October 26, 2020
The changing climate of the planet presents a challenge to all of us. Besides being a key issue that we need to tackle swiftly and effectively, climate change and environmental goals have to be designed to protect all parts of our society. With the need to heat, cool and build our homes more sustainably, housing goes right at the heart of the climate discussion.
Our subscribers who have been closely following this show will notice that there is a change of the voice behind the microphone, the voice of my predecessor Michalis Goudis who kicked-off this show back in 2017. I am Diana Yordanova, it is nice to meet you digitally and I hope you enjoy listening.
This episode is part of our mini-series dedicated to the #Housing 2030 joint international initiative of Housing Europe, UN-Habitat and UNECE. At ‘Making a house a home’ today, we’ll be looking at one of the first movers, implementing innovative solutions to improve the climate and energy performance of homes in the Netherlands in a way that does not put an unsustainable financial burden on the most vulnerable.
Martin van Rijn, Chairperson of the Dutch Association of Housing Corporations, Aedes - member Housing Europe - is our guest today. With more than 2.2 million rental homes, housing companies are the largest homeowner in the Netherlands and a key actor for achieving the country’s climate objectives - to disconnect 7 million homes and 1 million buildings from the gas grid by 2050. Martin’s professional experience makes him able to see the bigger picture. He has been on key roles in what used to be the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Secretary of state at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) during the second mandate of Prime Minister Rutte. This year, he was also a Minister for Medical Care and Sport in probably the most challenging period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our conversation puts climate goals, recovery plans, housing affordability and innovation in the spotlight.
In this episode, we also invite you to register for the next Housing 2030 digital conference 'Climate change, environmental and health impacts on housing affordability' which will be held on 10th November. Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for the EU Green Deal, Frans Timmermans will also be with us and hold the keynote speech. You can find all information about the event on our website www.housingeurope.eu
PARIS: THE HOUSING STRATEGY AT THE HEART OF A FUNCTIONAL AND SOCIALLY MIXED '15-MINUTE' CITY
with Olivier Richard is Urban planner and Designer at APUR, the Paris Urbanism Agency
May 18, 2020
One could call it the ‘holy grail’ of today’s highly urbanized world. The way authorities manage it shapes the way we live, including how much public and green space we can benefit from, how we can move around, what types of services we can find around us and most importantly what kind of home we can access. Urban Land is a cornerstone of modern cities and today’s focus point of ‘Making a house a home’. In the third episode of our mini series dedicated to the ‘Housing 2030’ joint international initiative of Housing Europe, UN Habitat and UNECE around housing affordability, we’ll be looking at how one of the world’s major cities, namely Paris is dealing with the question of land and how this in effect influences the provision of social and affordable housing. To do that, we’re privileged to have the view of a true expert.
Olivier Richard is Urban planner and Designer at APUR, the Paris Urbanism Agency, a private body that has accompanied public urban policy since 1967. Its mission is to document, analyse and develop forward looking strategies which address the urban and societal evolution of Paris and Greater Paris. Olivier Richard has been involved in the agency’s work for over 20 years and we contacted him to discuss the links between planning and housing, between land and affordability at a time that Paris seems to be undergoing a major transformation. What are the tools that the French capital is deploying to improve the provision of affordable homes? Where have the authorities been successful so far and what are the challenges ahead? And finally, where does housing fit into the much-discussed vision unveiled by Mayor Anne Hidalgo for the so-called ’15-minute city’? Olivier Richard has all the answers. Stay tuned…
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO WHAT PIECE OF LAND YOU CAN AFFORD
with Toby Lloyd, Independent housing policy consultant, author and former Downing Street Special Adviser for housing
May 13, 2020
Paraphrasing Mark Twain one could say "take good care of Land, they aren't making it anymore". This is why when one needs to look at ways to boost provision of affordable housing until 2030, land is definitely one of the major points of consideration. In Episode 2 we welcome Independent housing policy consultant, author and former Downing Street Special Adviser for housing, Toby Lloyd. Toby has valuable experience as the Head of Policy and Housing Development with Shelter in the UK and has been a co-author of the truly influential book "Rethinking the Economics of Land and Housing" that was published in 2017. The book managed to explain in a very accessible and thought-provoking way how many of the key challenges facing modern economies - including housing crises, financial instability and growing inequalities - are intimately tied to the land economy.Having worked on housing and land from multiple roles, Toby Lloyd is the kind of person one would like to answer questions such as Why isn’t it fair to treat land like any other capital asset? What are the risks of the commodification of land? During our Skype call we also asked him to explain how the so called ‘house-price credit cycle impacts the affordability of land. We concluded our virtual meeting with some practical thoughts around what can be actually done to control land prices but also to free up land for development of public, cooperative and social housing.
GOOD LAND POLICY INVOLVES PLANNING FOR THE WIDER PUBLIC INTEREST
with Dr Julie Lawson, #Housing2030 Lead Writer and Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University
May 6, 2020
For this first episode, I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Julie Lawson, Honorary Associate Professor for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute in the Centre for Urban Research of RMIT University. Julie has undertaken the task of drafting the Housing 2030 report in co-operation with a team of authors including Professor Michelle Norris (University College Dublin; Irish Housing Finance Agency), Dr. Kat Grimsley (George Mason School of Business) and Dr. Sergio Nasarre-Aznar (UNESCO Housing Chair at the University Rovira i Virgili).
However, in this episode, we discuss the finding of another insightful and timely piece of work she has put together along with Professor Hannu Ruanovaara. The purpose of this international review, that was funded by the Academy of Finland, is to examine the range of land policy instruments governments used to influence housing affordability and social inclusion to inform best practice in policy development. The land policy instruments covered include: Public land banking, Public land leasing, Land re-adjustment, Land value recapture, Regulatory planning, Comprehensive neighbourhood planning and addressing real estate platform economy. The geographical scope includes Europe, Asia, North American and Australia.On a sunny afternoon on the last day of April, we discussed with Dr. Julie Lawson why the relationship between land policy, social cohesion and housing is fundamental, the role of citizens in decisions around land management as well as what it takes to stop the overwhelming trend of financialization of land and housing. Stay tuned!