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RE-DWELL Conference

Housing co-creation for tomorrow’s cities

Grenoble, 8-9 December, 2022

Living in tomorrow’s cities / Habiter les villes de demain

This international conference is organized by the RE-DWELL MSCA Innovative Training Network “Delivering affordable and sustainable housing in Europe” and the Pacte Social Sciences Research Centre of the University Grenoble Alpes.

It will take place at the Institut d’Urbanisme et de Géographie Alpine (IUGA), 14 Avenue Marie Reynoard, 38100 Grenoble

Proceedings Recordings

The RE-DWELL research programme posits that the interrelations between the scope and realms of housing must be integrated in a holistic approach in order to respond to the challenges of creating housing that is both affordable and sustainable. The objective of this first RE-DWELL conference is to create a discussion platform for the multiple actors involved in housing policy, planning, design and construction. We are particularly interested in the ways such interrelations challenge the established conceptions and professional practices in the field of housing in European cities.

The conference will include presentations of scientific papers, keynote speeches, an open roundtable discussion with local housing stakeholders, as well as site visits. This event is part of the agenda of Grenoble European Green Capital 2022, and its December theme “Living in tomorrow’s cities” / “Habiter les villes de demain”.

Call for abstracts

Responses to different crises have led us to rethink housing conceptions and identify initiatives, policies and patterns so that they can make a difference in the future. Recently, the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed some critical failures of current housing systems and has shown us just how challenging understanding the changing nature of housing has become. Initiatives and collaborations with a transformative potential have emerged or have been reinforced in that context. In addition, policy agendas and professional practices of housing have been driven by the recognition of the affordability crisis and of climate change as major challenges for the housing sector.

The conference will focus on present or past collaborative initiatives that bring together local actors, from institutions to the third and private sector, regional and central governments, technicians, residents and sometimes academia. We will discuss the potential of such multi-actor processes and of co-creation to adapt the ways we conceive, build and manage housing to present and future challenges that cities face. With this purpose, we invite submissions on the following themes considering co-creation from a variety of interrelated perspectives:

->Transforming governance
Our aim is to discuss the forms of governance that bring together actors at different levels (local, regional, national or European) and spheres (public, private and civil society) in order to tackle housing challenges which are “public interest led”. We welcome contributions on the role of local or supra national approaches that confront the established national perspectives on housing systems.
->Co-creation environments and processes
We are particularly interested in the role of co-creation processes in fostering spaces for practitioners, civil society and academics to address current and future housing challenges together. We welcome presentations about participative housing design and management, as well as involving action research. In particular, we would like to discuss inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to housing, involving different competences, practices, disciplines and methods.
->New housing solutions and renewed professional practices
We welcome contributions on models of housing construction and rehabilitation that respond to current challenges such as reducing carbon footprint and costs, tackling urban land scarcity and its financialization, and the creation of emergency and temporary housing, among others. We are particularly interested in discussing the implications of the development of such solutions for current professional practices and the emergence of partnerships between actors to create and promote them.
->Knowledge co-creation
Finally, we aim to address the co-production of knowledge and of data on housing experiences and on housing solutions and the transfer of that knowledge across different levels. In this regard, we expect contributions on collaborative processes of data collection, analysis and sharing, involving different levels of expertise, from the individual to the collective and from the local to the international level. The assessment of the social value and of the well-being in housing developments, for example, based on individual living experiences, as well as the production of frames of reference through national and international networks of cities, housing associations or research groups, are relevant to the discussion.
Important dates
Deadline of abstract submission (up to 500 words) on:
Notification of abstract approval.
Long abstract submission (up to 1.000 words) for the online publication of the proceedings.
->3.10.2022 – 14.11.2022
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Grenoble Programme

->David Clapham
Honorary Professor of Housing at Glasgow University in Scotland, David has previously worked at the Universities of Cardiff and Reading. He is associate editor of the journal Housing, Theory and Society and has published a number of books including The Meaning of Housing and Remaking Housing Policy. He has a new book due to be published in March 2023 entitled Inhabitation in Nature: houses, people and practices. He is trained as a sociologist, but tries to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to the field of housing.
->Jean-Claude Driant
Jean-Claude Driant is professor at the Paris School of Urban Planning, in France, where he chairs the Habitat and Urban Regeneration Master's degree, and is a research member of Lab'Urba. His research focuses on the links between housing markets and housing policies and on social housing, both on a national scale and considering the diversity of territories. Jean-Claude is a member of the steering committee of the annual report on poor housing of Fondation Abbé-Pierre and is a member of the National Council on Housing (Conseil national de l'habitat). He published "Les Politiques du logement en France" (Housing policies in France) in 2015 and coordinated, with Pierre Madec (Ofce) "Les crises du logement" (The Housing Crises), in 2018.
->Marietta Haffner
Economist with more than 30 years of experience in conducting European comparative studies in the field of housing and has close to a decade of teaching experience at TU Delft. Her research focuses on financial and economic aspects of housing, including topics as the affordability and sustainability of housing costs, housing tenures, and housing policy. She has been member of the Management Board of Housing Studies since 2007, of which co-Editor-in-Chief since 2019. She took on the role of Editor of Ruimte en Wonen in 2017 and was elected as Coordination Committee member of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) in 2018.
->Doina Petrescu
Doina Petrescu is professor and Chair of Architecture and Design Activism at the School of Architecture of the University of Sheffield, England. She is the 2022 Jubilee Professor at Chalmers University, has been Visiting Professor of Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design (2014-15) and has taught at Architectural Association London, Iowa State University, EA Paris-Malaquais and the UAIM Bucharest. Her research work in architecture and urban planning focuses on issues of co-design, civic participation, gendered practices, political ecology, co-production and urban resilience. Doina has co-founded the Building Local Resilience Research Platform, the Field peer review journal, as well as Atelier d’Architecture Autogerée, an internationally acclaimed research based practice, pioneering participation in architecture and urbanism since 2001, laureate of New European Bauhaus prizes 2022.
Scientific Committee
->Charles Ambrosino
Pacte laboratoire de sciences sociales, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
->Anthony Boanada-Fuchs
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
->Marine Bourgeois
Pacte laboratoire de sciences sociales, Sciences Po Grenoble, France
->David Clapham
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK
->Gilles Debizet
Pacte laboratoire de sciences sociales, Université Grenoble Alpes, France
->Yvonne Franz
Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung, University of Vienna, Austria
->Walter Matznetter
Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung, University of Vienna, Austria
->Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
->Ashraf M. Salama
Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, UK
->Roelof Verhage
Institut d’urbanisme de Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
Organization Committee
->Adriana Diaconu
Université Grenoble Alpes/Pacte-Laboratoire de sciences sociales, France
->Paulette Duarte
Université Grenoble Alpes/Pacte-Laboratoire de sciences sociales, France
->Christophe Verrier
Université Grenoble Alpes/Pacte-Laboratoire de sciences sociales, France
->Adrienne Csizmady
Institute for Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
->Leandro Madrazo
School of Architecture La Salle, Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
->Karim Hadjri
Sheffield School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Registration has been extended until 25 November 2022 here.
Participation is only possible in person and is free of charge.