Radical Futures Housing Forum - 27th September 2018 by Ian Bailey

Ian had the privilege of speaking at the 3rd University of Brighton Housing Forum meeting on 27th September. As a part of a panel of four speakers including Luis Diaz & Michael Howe (UoB) and Lisa Hartley of Sealsalt Student Cooperative, Ian presented a brief overview of his vision for community led development being the only viable alternative framework for providing affordable housing. Starting with the existing developer led or top down development methods Ian expanded his views on how a community led approach increases engagement, viability, flexibility and local cohesiveness as well as reducing risk and enhancing health and well being.

Citing the Doughnut Economics model by Kate Raworth and her 7 principles for thinking like a 21st Century Economist Ian outlined how we should be thinking differently about housing development in general. Ian also suggested that the use of community land trusts is only one part of a larger approach to developing better housing stating that Community Engagement, Enlightenment and Empowerment (EEE) followed up with viable Shared Financial Systems (SFS) are the other components necessary.

Studio Sevens work in Coldean with the community featured throughout the presentation along with an expression of our continued desire to work out how to develop the EEE and SFS stages into a more coherent and accessible package for communities to facilitate communities moving forward more easily.

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Imagining the future of housing in Brighton by Ian Bailey

I’ll be speaking briefly at the University of Brighton third Radical Futures Housing forum on 27th September on alternative frameworks for housing development. If you want to come along the blurb and booking details are below.

Please join us for the Third Radical Futures Housing Forum

 On Thursday, 27 September, 2018, 3:30pm-7:00pm

 At the University of Brighton, Mithras House on Moulsecomb Campus, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4AT, School of Architecture and Design, 3rd Floor, South Downs Room.

 This Housing Forum will explore different ways of Imagining the Future of Housing in Brighton. Ian Bailey (StudioSevens on Coldean Community Project), Luis Diaz (University of Brighton on Housing Research), Lisa Hartley (SEASALT Housing Co-operative on South EAst Students Autonomously Living Together), and Michael Howe (University of Brighton on Land Use) will present and discuss their attempts for alternative imaginations of housing in Brighton in a Panel Discussion. 

 In addition, there will be workshops, hosted by staff and students of the School of Architecture and Design, in which one can explore creative ways of imagining the future of housing; either through drawing, modelling, or writing.

 The Housing Forum will be accompanied by the exhibition of innovative housing projects developed by architecture students within the context of Studio 12, run by University of Brighton Senior Lecturers Luis Diaz and Sean Albuquerque. The exhibition will open that evening, and there is a chance for private view and a discussion with the curator.

 This event is free, but places are limited, so please register your attendance via eventbrite.