This October architecture and design collective, Transition by Design, working in collaboration with citizens, activists and housing professionals will host a major three day event concerned with the UK housing crisis, specifically focusing on Oxford, but with a UK outlook.
The event will be held on Cowley Road, east Oxford, 21st-23rd October.
We have an exciting line-up of speakers, workshops and skill-shares and performances examining the current context - the drivers of the crisis, and we will hear from groups and individuals offering creative alternatives.
House of the Commons is intended to be participatory with a focus on self-organisation for practical action and is open to all people wanting to find out more about our current housing situation and where we could go next.
Joining the dots between the root causes to the housing crisis - addressing financialisation; banking deregulation; land ownership; supply and privatisation
land: use and value
Who owns Britain? We will be interrogating the links between land ownership and value, asking who owns and controls the land under our feet
housing for refugees and migrants
Understanding the facts; and asking how can we build effective links and solidarity across borders looking at a range of initiatives
alternative models & building for the future
Exploring the alternative models available to us now and looking long term at how we can redesign our housing system to deliver genuine affordability, security and sustainability
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Join us to find out more about MIPIM UK, the UK’s first property fair ‘where professionals come to do deals on UK property’ and the House of the Commons event.
Only four weeks to go: House of the Commons is an exciting four days of talks, workshops and skillshares on housing justice and the right to the city. 9-12th October, Oxford city centre. Register your interest today by clicking here.