ISU Talks #01

ISU Talks #01: Michèle Laruë-Charlus speaks about the transformation of Bordeaux, with Anne-Laure Gestering (translating)

The inaugural ISU TALKS
13. November 2013, 14:00 bis 17:30 Uhr in der Aula des Haus der Wissenschaften, Pockelsstraße 11, 38106 Braunschweig

Space is a scarce resource in metropolitan areas – space for housing in particular. And policy is reacting: after almost two decades that went without a noticeable production of mass housing in Germany, hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, new apartments will be built in the coming years. This will have a considerable impact on the face and organization of our cities, the way we will live together. We are in the midst of a qualitative shift in what we think housing essentially is, who produces it, what functions it provides, where and for whom. The housing question in the 21st century is not just a matter of housing. The lessons of the 20th century have taught us that a sustainable approach to housing must go far beyond meeting square meter requirements. The ingredients for the sustainable city of the future with prosperous communities include ecological, economical, and social factors, how to deal sensitively yet inventively with the built legacies we have inherited, understanding what makes healthy cities and healthy citizens, and accommodating – even celebrating – diversifying lifestyles and cultures. Four specialists from Europe and the United States will reflect on the challenges of building a considerable amount of housing within short time. They will bring us examples from the cities of Berlin, Copenhagen, Detroit, Bordeaux and Siberia.

The documentation can be read here.