The ambitions of sustainable, digital, and safer construction offer a unique opportunity to dust off old clichés and stereotypes that are detrimental to the industry's appeal. Construction is the solution industry!
“Timber hybrid constructions are perfect for social housing.” We shouldn’t forget that the concrete industry has been doing very effective marketing for many, many years and has ridiculed timber construction as a cheap type of construction.
Since its foundation, UN-Habitat has worked to promote the realisation of the right to adequate housing, for all as one of the transformative forces that can lead the world to overcome challenges related to poverty, exclusion, and inequality, and positively influence cities to embark on a path to inclusive, planned, and sustainable urbanization.
As an advisor for the European Commission and the Housing Partnership, it was essential to find and devise a solution that would accommodate that diversity and richness rather than hinder it.
If I may add another proposal that is not a piece of legislation but decisive for the access to decent housing, this will be our call for the constitution of a European Housing Alliance that could gather Housing Ministers and key stakeholders willing to improve the policies for better housing conditions in the EU.
From the Swiss Tenants' Association point of view, government rental price control is urgently needed in order to stop the rising renting prices.
Cities need to be able to regulate short term holiday rentals and need to be able to guarantee our citizens that their city will be safe and that the quality of life will be on a high level, even in the parts of the city which are popular amongst tourists.