HOUSING FOR DEGROWTH: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities

Housing for Degrowth — co-edited with Francois Schneider for publication in the Routledge Environmental Humanities series (3 August 2018) — presents various activist-scholar responses to the challenges posed in creating housing for degrowth.

Read the transcript of an interview with the editors about the book in the RED Conservation Series.

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‘Degrowth’ — a type of ‘postgrowth’ — is becoming a strong political, practical and cultural movement for down-scaling material and energy throughputs in our economies. Inshort, degrowth is about 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’.

Media: Reviews and interviews

See post on both Housing for Degrowth and Small is Necessary books on the Radical Ecological Democracy site.
See RMIT University Centre for Urban Research ‘expert’ explains degrowth and housing for degrowth.
See two interviews with Anitra Nelson and François Schneider:
  • Vincent Cheynet, ‘Habitat: L’urgence est d’arrêter de construire et de bitumer les sols’ in the French degrowth broadsheet newspaper La Décroissance: Le Journal de la Joie de Vivre, December 2018–January 2019, p. 13.
  • Gamblin, Guillaume, ‘Une dynamique internationale de recherches décroissantes’ in Silence #476, March 2019, pp. 9–11.
See a transcript of a short talk on Housing for Degrowth and Small is Necessary at the Localising Leanganook conversation—Food for Thought blog.
See a print interview and a YouTube conversation between me and contributor to Housing for Degrowth, Natasha Verco, here.