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29 May 18 |

Germany: Serial and modular construction

Lowering the cost while boosting housing provision

Germany: Serial and modular construction

The European wide call for proposals for serial and modular construction concept was completed on the 29th of May 2018 with the presentation of the final nine tenderer (concepts of model buildings) and the conclusion of a framework agreement. Together with the ministry of internal affairs and constructions (Bundesinnen- und Bauministerium), the federal Chamber of Architects (Bundesarchitektenkammer), and the building industry association (Bundesverband der Bauindustrie), GdW Housing Germany signed the framework agreement.

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25 May 18 |

Adam Greenfield: "Nothing about us without us"

An interview with the world-renowned writer, urbanist and passionate advocate for the human-centered design of technological systems

Adam Greenfield: "Nothing about us without us"

Meet the keynote speaker of the 'Livability & Affordability in the Digitized City' conference taking place in Tallinn on June 7th.

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23 May 18 |

Something to celebrate

Report from the AVS General Assembly in Bilbao

Something to celebrate

It was no coincidence that Bilbao hosted the recent General Assembly of AVS, the Spanish federation of public housing providers. This year, Bilbao celebrates its 100th anniversary of social housing. Although Spain has a relatively low share of social housing (2,5%) at national level, many regions and cities have a strong tradition of municipal housing companies. Still, the Spanish public sector was hit very badly by the financial crisis - e.g. drastic budget cuts and forced sales to aggressive investment funds. AVS lost many of its members through this process, but the latest signs point that, ten years later, the worst might be behind as the sector is slowly recovering. AVS is starting to regain members and politicians are becoming more aware of increasing needs for more affordable housing.

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