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26 – 30 August 2024

ENHR CONFERENCE 2024

Making Housing Systems work: Evidence and Solutions

Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

The ENHR conference returns to the Netherlands

You may remember the ENHR2007 conference in the city of Rotterdam. This time the city of Delft will be the scene of the conference and the TU Delft Aula Conference Centre and the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment will be the venues.

Conference venues

Aula Conference Centre
The Aula Conference Centre holds a large Auditorium, four college rooms and many meeting rooms. Built in 1966 it is a nationally acclaimed monument.

Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment building (a.k.a. Bk City) is home to four thousand people studying, working, designing, conducting research and disseminating knowledge.
On a floor area of about 36,000 m2 you find many rooms for presentations, studios for bachelor’s and master’s students, workshop rooms and rooms for lectures and conferences.

The faculty is the seat of ENHR’s Secretariat for more than 10 years now. It is also the seat of longstanding ENHR chair prof. Peter Boelhouwer. About 60 teachers, researchers and PhDs are a member of ENHR, making the faculty one of the largest ENHR institutional members.

The campus can be reached on foot, by bus and by bike from the centre and the railway station.

Housing is back on the political agenda in many European countries. For example, during the Dutch elections in November 2023, housing was one of the most discussed topics. This can be explained by the many urgent housing problems that need to be solved today. Many countries are facing greater demand for housing than predicted a few years ago and living in the existing stock is becoming increasingly expensive, partly due to poor insulation and high energy prices. Housing is hardly affordable anymore for young, low- and middle-income groups, especially in larger cities. Marginalization, segregation and affordability are therefore back on the political agenda.

The ENHR conference in Delft 2024 will not only be dedicated to further exploring these issues. The emphasis will be on how these problems can be solved. These solutions will be discussed from different perspectives during the six plenary meetings at the conference. First of all, the current Dutch housing policy will be presented. Over the past two years, the Minister of Housing in the Netherlands has launched an impressive number of policy proposals on various aspects of the housing market. But less established and promising new forms of new housing initiatives will also be discussed, such as the development of a third sector of housing cooperatives. These can be part of the solution to social, affordability and environmental challenges in our housing markets. Affordability problems can also be solved by the energy transition and by producing homes in an industrialized manner. Both topics will be discussed in detail during the plenary meetings. Not all households are suffering equally from the housing crisis, but the housing future of young people is really at stake. The conference will address key socio-economic and housing transformations and how they are reshaping the standard life course of young people. At the end of the conference, the debate from the Barcelona 2022 conference on the role of housing researchers continues: should they become housing activists or try to remain independent and provide insights and knowledge about the housing system?

Prof. Dr. Peter Boelhouwer,
professor of Housing Systems and conference chair

Our Speakers

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