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​Debate inspired by the new ‘Social Housing’ publication with architects from across the continent exploring shifting national attitudes, housing traditions, and pan-European challenges.

Across Europe a new generation of practices are transforming social housing. Responding to continued high demand, changing clients and new funding methods, architects are once again addressing how homes are delivered at scale with a new focus on city making.

From mixing uses, sharing spaces and blending tenures, home preferences, living habits and architectural traditions differ from country to country. However, uniting them all is a renewed focus on embracing new methods and innovative refurbishment strategies to achieve new high standards of exemplary housing design.

In this international debate, inspired by the new ‘Social Housing’ publication, Architecture & Design critic at The Guardian, Oliver Wainwright, chairs a discussion with architects from across the continent exploring shifting national attitudes, recent experiences, housing traditions, and pan-European challenges.

With architect and co-author of ‘Social Housing’ Paul Karakusevic (Karakusevic Carson Architects, UK), Christelle Avenier (Avenier Cornejo Architectes, France), Hans van der Heijden (The Netherlands), Frédéric Druot (Frédéric Druot Architecture, France) and Sascha Zander (Zanderroth Architekten, Germany).

SOCIAL HOUSING – Definitions and Design Exemplars
18 April – 29 May 2017
The Practice Space, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
Based on a new publication produced in collaboration with RIBA Publishing, this exhibition captures some of the best and most innovative examples of social housing at a critical juncture for the sector. Drawing together 24 case studies by 20 practices from eight European countries, it looks at a range of typologies, emerging design approaches and refurbishment strategies, that together offer a challenge to housing professionals to rethink how we build and highlight the vital role of public and low cost housing in the life of our cities. Curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects

‘Social Housing – Definitions and Design’
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