Tackling the global housing challenges
Relevance and replicability of Switzerland’s and Uruguay’s housing cooperatives’ policies and strategies
At a glance
- Project leader : Dr. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein
- Project team : Carla Assandri, Prof. Dr. Philippe Koch, Dr. Maria Osorio, Daniela Sanjines, Dr. Cecilia Silva
- Project budget : CHF 166'000
- Project status : completed
- Funding partner : Other (Swiss Network for International Studies SNIS)
- Project partner : Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich ETH / ETH Wohnforum - ETH Case
- Contact person : Philippe Koch
In a global context characterised by the governmental withdrawal
from the housing sector, the commodification of housing, and the
inability of the private sector to cater to the needs of
low-?income people, housing cooperatives are being rediscovered as
a third way in the provision of affordable housing. However,
questions related to the transferability of the housing cooperative
model have thus far hardly been researched.
Switzerland and Uruguay are internationally recognised as world leaders in cooperative housing and are committed to share their knowledge and experience internationally. This raises the following questions: What is the global relevance and replicability of their approaches? What are their international cooperation strategies? What are the socio-?economic, cultural and institutional conditions for housing cooperatives to play a role in the provision of adequate and affordable housing?
The project addresses these questions through an interdisciplinary approach. Research will be conducted in Uruguay and Switzerland and on a sample of the countries with whom they have established international cooperation. The project contributes to gain a better understanding on the role of international cooperation in the dissemination of best practices and on the opportunities and challenges to tackle the global affordable housing crisis through housing cooperatives.
Barenstein, Jennifer Duyne; Koch, Philippe; Sanjines, Daniela; Assandri, Carla; Matonte, Cecilia; Osorio, Daniela; Sarachu, Gerardo,
Struggles for the decommodification of housing : the politics of housing cooperatives in Uruguay and Switzerland.
37(6), pp. 955-974.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2021.1966392
Koch, Philippe; Willimann, Tobias,
Wer darf in der Stadt wohnen? : die Forderung nach «Stadt für alle» als politisches Projekt der Genossenschaft
Available from: https://www.kalkbreite.net/wp_website/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Zollhaus_Web.pdf
The role of housing cooperatives in Switzerland.
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-24785