Since the start of the twenty-first century, urban communities have faced increasing challenges in housing affordability, with environmental issues causing additional concern. It is clear that changes to urban housing are needed to enhance the resilience of cities and improve the economic, social and physical well-being of residents. This book provides a comparative cross-national perspective on urban housing and sustainability in Europe, exploring the key barriers and drivers associated with sustainable urban development and community regeneration.
Country-specific chapters allow for easy comparison, with each summarizing how sustainable housing operates in the country in question, before going on to discuss the key barriers and drivers at play. This book brings a sustainability perspective to the comparative housing literature which frequently fails to integrate the social, economic and environmental pillars of sustainability. The book outlines many of the changes that professionals and residents will need to make to their practices and cultures in order to enhance housing resilience. Students, researchers and professionals with an interest in sustainable housing creation and regeneration will find this book an invaluable reference.
1. Introduction 2. Ireland 3. Spain 4. Sweden 5. Norway 6. Denmark 7. The Netherlands 8. UK 9. Romania 10. Hungary 11. Switzerland 12. Germany 13. Conclusions
Sustainable Communities and Urban Housing persuaded me about the need for a three-pronged approach toward community sustainability, but the book demonstrated how hard it will be to achieve comprehensiveness. Many policy-makers will be tempted to focus exclusively on environmental issues, i.e. energy efficiency, but accepting an invitation toward a one-pronged strategy would be disastrous.
David P. Varady, University of Cincinnati, International Journal of Housing Policy
"The book is a good introduction to current issues in European housing and neighbourhood policy, and could serve as a text in a range of comparative courses. The chapters are beautifully edited and the standard of writing high—clear, jargon-free and readable. Some chapters include helpful black-and-white images to illustrate points about design, urban morphology, building main-tenance, etc."
Kath Scanlon, London School of Economics