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General Information

As the world urbanises, city populations grow and rising housing costs make it harder for low-income people to afford homes. Slums, congestion and long commutes have become the accepted reality in cities that are fragmented in wealthy and poor neighbourhoods, a phenomenon that produces asymmetric societies and is in urgent need for alternative paradigms.

We must imagine today what housing can be in an increasingly urban world; contested resources offer a taxonomy that responds not only to conditions resulting from incremental growth, but also to the needs of hundreds of thousands of poor citizens and refugees in recent years. Some of these contemporary challenges raise serious doubts about our capacity to provide appropriate housing solutions under the standards that we have set ourselves for housing.

  • What does housing mean in an urbanising world?
  • What practical solutions do exist?
  • How can we bring back affordable housing to the city centers?  
  • Does low-cost housing mean low quality?
  • Who can contribute what to answer some of the most relevant questions?

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Deadline of abstract submission extended until 15th March!

  • Due to requests, the Call for Papers deadline, for the Low/No Cost Housing Conference 2016 at ETH Zurich, has been extended until the 15th of March 2016. The decisions concerning the acceptance will be sent out by the 30th of March 2016.  

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Who Should Attend?

The programming is strongly oriented toward practicing professionals and academics working on and interested in informal/affordable/low and no cost housing approaches to research, design and construction processes.