Scotland's Housing: More than Just Numbers

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The Scottish Government has committed to beginning work on a vision of how homes and communities will look in 2040 and how to get there (Housing Beyond 2021). Gaia Research with The Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA) is hosting an event to bring together inspiration - from successful and innovative housing initiatives in the UK and Europe – with information on how change can be facilitated and the design qualities required to ensure our housing is environmentally and demographically future proofed.

For the last 60 years housing in Scotland has been driven by quantity. For the last 40 years housing in Scotland has been dominated by a small number of volume housebuilders. In the last 20 years there has been growing dissatisfaction with the lack of affordable, environmentally benign and future-proofed social housing in Scotland. This concern is widespread amongst central government, local government, the many agencies that this affects, and communities. Meanwhile rents, buy-to-lets and homelessness continue to rise.

Many people want and need affordable, future proofed housing that addresses 21st-century issues – in particular environmental and demographic changes. Many more are appalled at the wrong kind of housing in the wrong place, the eating up of green belt by housing that imposes outdated transport solutions at costs unaffordable to many, and their increasing environmental and social impacts. Concerns about climate change are vital aspects of future proofing, as is the aging population.

In Germany and Switzerland, where homelessness was once a major concern, there has been a commitment to see housing as an underpinning right and essential foundation of a healthy society. There are numerous projects from which Scotland could potentially learn a great deal. However, the innovations they illustrate are widely perceived as “too difficult” to achieve in Scotland.

Scotland’s Housing – More than just Numbers will address the perception that a right to affordable, future-proofed housing “would never work here” by providing a forum in which to debate what we need to do to make it work here. It will look to the advice and experience of leaders in this field, and to agree the institutions, mechanisms and actors that need to be put in place to overcome the current barriers.

There will also be a video and Skype interview with one of the project founders of a highly successful cooperative housing project in Zurich.

This event is supported by the Ecology Building Society, Architype, Sam Foster Architects, and Stewart and Shields.

Housing communities and would be “intentional” communities, baugruppe and co-operatives are very welcome. Low/no income applicants should contact sandy@gaiagroup.org

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Community Housing Initiatives UK:

Architects and residents from community housing projects in Scotland and England

Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC) Leeds, Bath St Collective, Portobello, Edinburgh, Springhill, Stroud and others.

Funding models:

Financial bodies with experience in innovative funding mechanism in the UK and elsewhere and Asset Transfer and Compulsory Sales Orders in Scotland.

Ecology Building Society and Development Trusts Association Scotland.

Future Proofing - Design Qualities

Best practice in socially and environmentally responsible design and universal access issues – Vitally important aspects of future proofing.

Film Contributions

Initiators of housing projects in Germany and Switzerland with well established funding and procurement models that provide affordable, diverse, mixed use and intergenerational homes.

Placemaking, Procurement & Cities of Small Distances

Cord Soehlke, Baubürgermeister, Tübingen, Germany. Project manager with experience in developing a long term strategy for innovative procurement of community led housing.

Non-subsidised affordable Co-operative Housing

Res Keller, Founder Member, Kalkbreite, Zurich.

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80 High St

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Edinburgh

EH1 1TH

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