|URBAN AND HOUSING SYSTEMS UNDER PRESSURE:
VARIETIES OF RESPONSES
(Draft programme as of 27 May 2019)27-29 September 2019
Metropolitan Research Institute, BudapestAfter the Global Financial Crisis urban and housing systems faced increasing global and local pressures, both financially and politically. However, by today the economic crisis seems to be over and Europe arrived to a cross-roads: whether to return to the previous growth model or to try out new approaches, partly based on the experiences gained during the crisis period. The conference aims at identifying the most important recent responses to this dilemma in European urban and housing systems.
In thinking about future alternatives, cities are more innovative than national governments. During the years of crisis and austerity numerous innovations emerged in European cities, initiated by different actors and civic groups. Based on these a growing number of cities have been experimenting with entirely new and innovative approaches.
The conference will have two main tracks. The first explores the urban context: how are cities affected by the changing conditions, and how do they respond? The second track focuses on housing and welfare: how are the new challenges and responses transforming European housing and welfare regimes?
On the basis of good practices our aim is to explore, debate and crystallize policies and tools which can be considered as promising attempts to build more sustainable and more equitable development pathways in European cities.
In the course of the conference one of the half-day tracts will focus on post-socialist urban and housing systems. Thirty years have passed since the Central and Eastern European region began its transition to democracy and market economy. According to many observers this transition is over by now. If so: where are these countries and cities today, what comes after post-socialism? To what extent will their future be similar to, or different from, other parts of Europe?
Contrary to the usual conferences, exclusively based on paper presentations, we aim for a more interactive event, based on short keynotes, panel discussions and lively debates.
The housing sessions are loosely linked to the topic of comparative housing systems, with special attention to post-socialist housing and housing finance markets. The Friday Plenary will deal with the comparative analyses of the European housing systems with a special emphases to place on how housing regimes in the new member states developed. The first session on Saturday looks at the role of the regulation of the market, the most important housing provision form in the EU housing systems, and the session will cover banking, private rental and land use regulation (in US practice this term covers building and zoning regulation). The second session will discuss the possibility to implement some of housing provisions existing in EU countries and supported at EU institutions to improve the social elements of the new member state housing systems. The third topic will give an overview about the new developments in the new (post-transition) EU member states. The last session will look at the affordability crisis that is affecting many parts of the population since the financial crisis.
The sessions (and the plenary) will be organized as follows: introduction to the topic (10-15 minutes), panel discussion (where panelist reflect to the questions with the help of the moderator) and open the floor for discussion.
During the field trip interesting examples of post-socialist transformations and hotspots of emerging conflicts of post-transitional development will be visited.
The conference will also provide opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Metropolitan Research Institute.