Digitization is increasingly moving into our cities and homes. How can housing providers make use of the opportunities and deal with the risks? This was the key point of this year’s European Summer School for Young Professionals at EBZ in Bochum, Germany from 15-18 July 2019. Around 35 early-career professionals in housing from six European countries looked beyond their own national backyard, learned about different approaches from all over Europe and discussed similarities, differences and courses of action.
Housing Europe Research Director, Alice Pittini was also this year among the instructors, providing an overview of the Digitization challenges for social housing.
Among the most interesting moments was the field trip to Cologne. The participants visited Stegerwaldsiedlung, a neighbourhood with housing stock owned by Deutsche Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH (a 100-percent subsidiary company of Aachener Siedlungs- und Wohnungsgesellschaft mbH). Within the EU project „Grow Smarter“, the neighbourhood was energetically transformed with photovoltaics, air-heat pumps and an intelligent system for energy use and mobility.
The European Summer School is co-organised by Housing Europe, EBZ Business School – University of Applied Sciences, EFL – European Federation for Living and the Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe IWO, a partner of Housing Europe.