Many European cities have a shortage of good quality, affordable housing, but this problem has become less prominent in policy than it should be. This timely book aims to redress that balance. After an introductory chapter, expert contributors provide contemporary comparative accounts of housing renewal policy and practice in nine European countries in its physical, economic, social, community and cultural aspects. Shared concerns over energy conservation, social protection and inclusion, and the roles and responsibilities of the public and private sectors form the basis of a proposed policy agenda for housing renewal across Europe. The concluding chapters draw conclusions from a pan-European perspective and consider the future prospects for renewing older housing.
Academics, practitioners, policy-makers and students of housing, urban studies, planning, regeneration, environmental health and sustainability will all want to read this book.
"The strength of the book is...the indisputable value as a handbook on housing renewal that surely will be widely used and cited." Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
"Renewing Europe's Housing, edited by Richard Turckington and Christopher Watson, re-opens a crucial debate on housing policies and practices in the face of a new housing crisis that characterizes many European countries in different ways." Council for European Studies
"This text is invaluable to anyone interested in European housing or housing renewal generally." People, Place and Policy
"This new account of the challenges presented by an ageing housing stock and policy responses across Europe fills a significant gap. It is essential reading for those concerned with the future of housing." Alan Murie, Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham
“An excellent overview of housing renewal policies across nine European countries, offering a deeper understanding of the barriers to the implementation of more effective and integrated urban renewal policies in different cultures.” Martin Lux, Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic
"Because of an ageing population and housing stock, housing renewal remains an important challenge in European housing policy. Renewing Europe’s Housing elaborates the way housing renewal is understood and has developed during the last decade in nine widespread European countries. A valuable asset for housing researchers." Prof.Dr. Peter Boelhouwer, Delft University of Technology
Richard Turkington is Executive Director of Housing Vision; Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Comparative Housing Research, De Montfort University, Leicester; and a member of the Coordination Committee of the European Network for Housing Research.
Christopher Watson is a former Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies and a member of the Housing and Communities Group, School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham.
Introduction ~ Christopher Watson and Richard Turkington;
From physical improvement to holistic renewal: the Danish experience ~ Hedvig Vestergaard;
Housing renewal in England ~ Christopher Watson and Richard Turkington;
Making new from old in France: urban change through housing renewal in two Parisian districts ~ Claire Lévy-Vroelant and Yankel Fijalkow;
Housing and urban renewal in the Netherlands ~ Frank Wassenberg;
Estonia: learning through ‘societal experiment’ ~ Katrin Paadam and Liis Ojamäe;
Housing and urban renewal: the case of Germany ~ Jürgen Friedrichs, Rolf Müller and Wendelin Strubelt;
Housing renewal in Hungary: from socialist non-renovation through individual market actions to area-based public intervention ~ Iván Tosics;
From isolated programmes to an integrated approach: the case of La Barceloneta, Spain ~ Montserrat Pareja-Eastaway and Montse Simó-Solsona;
From squatter upgrading to large scale renewal programmes: housing renewal in Turkey ~ Zeynep Gunay, T Kerem Koramaz and A Sule Ozuekren;
Changing approaches to policy making in housing renewal ~ Tim Brown and Richard Turkington;
Conclusions ~ Richard Turkington and Christopher Watson.