The first edition of the summer school 'A European perspective on housing' was successfully held at EBZ - European Education Centre for the Housing and Real Estate Sector, in Bochum, Germany. The week-long international exchange, organized by EBZ in cooperation with Housing Europe and the European Federation for Living (EFL), brought together 27 young professionals of the housing sector from 8 countries.
The focus was on three overarching themes, namely a) Neighbourhood development and integration, b) Ageing societies and accessible housing, and c) Energy efficiency and digitalization.
On day 2, Housing Europe Research Coordinator, Alice Pittini presented an overview on 'Ageing society: challenges and opportunities for the social housing sector’ drawing examples of good practices from the work carried out by Housing Europe members.
In line with the motto ‘Learn from others, share your ideas, be part of Europe!’ the programme included not only ‘lecture-style’ presentations but also and most importantly opportunities for participants to present the situation in their countries, to work on a group exercise putting together different elements of a urban renewal plan of a fictional neighbourhood, to attend site visits and simply to get to know each other and discuss.
When asked what they liked best about this training session, participants particularly appreciated the chance to exchange and compare differences and similarities across countries and to learn from each other’s experience.