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House of the Commons: Day 1

October 21, 2016


Setting the scene: The mess, and how we might find our way out.

10:00-11:15 – Root causes with Beth Stratford, Alice Belotti and Alastair Parvin

  • Beth Stratford: Why building houses won’t solve the housing crisis…. Beth will map the various drivers of the housing crisis, with visual props, facts and figures – and a focus on the widely neglected demand-side problems, like speculation and excessive mortgage credit.
  • Alice Belotti: So where does that leave us? – Estate regeneration and impacts on communities.
  • Alastair Parvin: Housing without Debt – breaking the traditional supply myths, and how we might use digital technology and new commons to scale alternative modes of housing delivery and build a new housing economy.

11:15-12:00 – Shared equity co-operatives as a fairer housing models with Terrace 21 (Liverpool) and LILAC (Leeds)

12:00-12:15 – BREAK

Smart Housing approaches: baking, converting and refurbishing from Liverpool to Bristol

12:15-12:30 – Homebaked: Using a bakery to develop low-income housing

12:30-12:45 – Reviving Britain’s existing housing stock through eco-retrofit with Jonathan Atkinson (Carbon Coop) and Marianne Heaslip (Urbed)

12:45-13:00 – Turning disused office buildings into homes with Elinor Kershaw from Abolish Empty Office Buildings

13:00-13:15 – Q&A

13:15-14:15 – LUNCH

Taking on the big ticket issues

14:15-15:45 – How can we build effective links and solidarity across borders? with Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond, Emerita Professor and Founder at Refugees Study Centre and discussions with Oxford City of Sanctuary, Asylum Welcome, Refugee Resource and Close Campsfield.

15:45-16:00 – BREAK

16:00-17:00 – Oxford Housing Crisis Summit. How can housing providers and citizens work more effectively together?

A panel summary session with representatives from each earlier session and Frances Evans, Housing and Property, Oxford City Council

Practical solar workshop:

10:00 – 15:00 Demand Energy Equality – DIY Off Grid Solar Systems and DIY solar charger building – drop in to learn about off-grid systems or stay and build your very own DIY solar charger

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