Housing for Degrowth — co-edited with Francois Schneider for publication in the Routledge Environmental Humanities series (August 2018) — presents various activist-scholar responses to the challenges posed in creating housing for degrowth (download Contents — HfDContentsUpdate).
‘Degrowth’, a type of ‘postgrowth’, is becoming a strong political, practical and cultural movement for down-scaling and transforming societies beyond capitalist growth and other forms of productivism to achieve global sustainability and satisfy everyone’s basic needs. Degrowth values are based on sufficiency and conviviality, living a one planet lifestyle with low impact on the environment.
One planet living means conserving and retrofitting buildings for sustainability, allowing for ‘alternative’ self- and group-builds, temporary use-rights to buildings vacant for long periods prior to re-development, and appropriate and affordable eco-housing. Degrowth movement debates over urbanisation, decentralisation and ‘open localism’ are revealed so the collection is attractive for student, professional, academic and activist readers.
In many countries of the Global North empty, secondary and scarcely used buildings in cities and depopulated rural towns could be inhabited by households currently marginalised by high real estate prices. Contributors consider case studies including squatting, innovative financing of housing cooperatives, refurbishing (instead of demolishing) older social/public housing buildings, and ‘tiny houses’.