A LOCAL PERSPECTIVE | A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE | A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Housing – Critical Futures confronts a critical issue at a critical time. In London, a leading capital of global finance, there is a chronic shortage of affordable housing for those that service ‘the service’ sector. The crisis is at levels not seen since World War II. In Beijing, capital of the 21st century’s political powerhouse, the displacement of long-standing communities is a daily occurrence. In Mumbai, the biggest health risk faced by the city today has been identified as overcrowded housing, while in São Paulo, football’s 2014 World Cup took place against a backdrop of community unrest and the chronic living conditions of the poor. The private sector, the state and residents themselves are searching for solutions. Whether housing refugees in conflict areas, providing safe water to the households in the developing world, or ensuring key workers can live in the cities they support in the West, the question of housing is not only global, but critical.
Housing – Critical Futures is an international program of events run in collaboration with universities internationally. As a partner of the UN Habitat University Initiative it welcomes collaborations with academics worldwide. Partners.
a series of academic conferences – books and awards of international design projects – a number of Housing book and journal publications – a series of film / media / art events – a web platform for the sharing of project information
International events will be held throughout the programme.
The aim is to engage architects, planners, developers, policy makers, artists, academics and resident bodies. This diverse and often conflictive set of partners will be asked to discuss the crisis in affordable, healthy, and sustainable housing that plagues countries across the globe. They will develop and present their respective solutions to providing decent and affordable living conditions to people in multiple parts of the world.
The project is premised on facilitating collaborations between universities, professional bodies, community groups, artists’ networks, and professionals – regionally, nationally and locally.
The legacy of the project will be an improved understanding of the issues at play; collaborative community projects; publications; workable planning and design proposals; local, regional and national networks; and a series of creative works.