Academics, practitioners and interested parties are invited to attend a day-long symposium on the subject of community-led housing and its importance in the Irish context.
The government of Ireland has produced a ‘Housing for All’ policy document in which they write: ‘Everyone in the State should have access to a home to purchase or rent at an affordable price, built to a high standard and in the right place, offering a high quality of life.’
However, while the government plan does address location, sustainability and vacant property, it does not address alternative means of housing provision – that which is community-led.
Arguably, in the current government proposal, property continues to be a commodity to buy and sell, which creates insecurity of tenure and has led to the current situation of crisis.
Habit(at)s will be curated by SOA and hosted by SETU Architecture Department SOA is a not-for-profit action research think tank, formed in 2017 to research and promote cooperative and collaborative approaches to housing in Ireland.
‘We study proven and successful UK, European and North American strategies and look at how these might be adapted to Ireland. [SOA have carried out] a 12-month multi-stakeholder research project to inform and support the establishment of a Community-Led Housing (CLH) infrastructure in Ireland.’
Guest speakers at Habit(at)s will include practitioners engaged with community-led projects as well as the acclaimed Brazilian urbanist, Theresa Williamson, founder of Catalytic Communities, catcomm.org a charitable organisation set up to promote and to support favela communities.
Discussions and presentations will examine the context of housing internationally and in Ireland, case-studies of community-led housing projects, the design implications in these projects as well as the skills specific to working with communities in the design process.
The day will conclude with a workshop in which attendees can discuss the issues raised and consider how to bring community-led projects into the BArch curricula in the first three years.
Location: Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford and The Granary, Architecture Department SETU, Waterford