Track 5: Housing and Social Justice


The need for more, better-quality, and greener homes is a global issue, and we need more than just housing units; we need socially just and sustainable places.

A century after the foundation of the IFHP we still face the primary challenges confronted by the early Garden City pioneers: meeting a housing shortage, generating jobs, and creating healthy, beautiful and inclusive places. However, we also face the new challenges of globalised markets and the urgent need to adapt to, and mitigate the impacts of, climate change.

Over the last century the Garden City ideals have proven to be outstandingly durable, in the UK and worldwide. Today they not only allow governance structures that put people at the heart of their community but provide opportunities to plan for sustainable energy, embed smart technologies and create healthy and climate resilient cities. This track will consider how these principles can be embedded in the planning for new communities - from the UK government’s plan for a new wave of Garden Cities in England to plans for large scale new communities in China. It will also explore the challenge of creating socially just and sustainable communities where the luxury of planning for new communities does not exist, where informal communities in squatter settlements pose the question of how to retrospectively embed the tools for socially just communities. It will explore these issues through sessions on land value capture, housing rights and tenure and explore cooperative models of housing development and governance.

This Track explores the founding principles of the Garden City movement and the IFHP - the desire to create socially just and sustainable places - and asks how to embed these into planning for new communities to create more resilient and inclusive cities worldwide.