057-0103-10L  Module 1: Global Housing Issues, Challenges and Strategies

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersJ. E. Duyne Barenstein
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


057-0103-10 GModule 1: Global Housing Issues, Challenges and Strategies
No course on 26.10 (seminar week).
2 hrs
Thu09:45-11:30HIT H 22.1 »
J. E. Duyne Barenstein

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AbstractGlobally over one billion people lack adequate housing. Meeting their housing needs requires innovative solutions that are affordable, inclusive, sustainable and scalable. We will critically review the causes and consequences of the current housing crisis and the various strategies through which a wide range of actors at local, national and international level are addressing the housing question.
ObjectiveThe students will learn to understand the meaning of housing in relation to its broader socioeconomic, cultural, political, and spatial context and to critically reflect on the viability, effectiveness and sustainability of different housing strategies.
ContentHousing is a human right but also one of the most daunting challenges of urbanisation globally. Currently over one billion people lack adequate and affordable housing, a number that may increase to 1.6 billion people within a decade. Ensuring access to adequate, safe and affordable housing to all is one of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, this target is unlikely to be met without a radical change in housing policies and practices. Indeed, meeting millions of people’s housing needs requires innovative solutions that are inclusive, sustainable and scalable. The course focuses on the causes and consequences of the global housing crisis. Further it will critically reflect upon the concept of adequate housing and on the various strategies through which national governments, municipalities, the private sector, and communities in different contexts have been, or are currently addressing the housing question.
Lecture notesA reader will be distributed at the beginning of the semester containing an overview of all lectures, the involved exercises, and required readings.

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ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersJ. E. Duyne Barenstein
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Primary target groupMAS ETH in Housing (057000)

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