Degrowth — sometimes referred to as ‘postgrowth’ — is a cultural, political and economic movement for transforming beyond consumerism and capitalist growth to planetary environmental sustainability and fulfilling everyone’s basic needs. Degrowth values are based on sufficiency and conviviality, living a one planet lifestyle with a common ecological footprint.
So, what types of homes, housing policies and planning strategies are appropriate for degrowth futures?
The Housing for Degrowth collection — that I am co-editing with Francois Schneider for publication in the Routledge Environmental Humanities series late in 2018 — presents various activist-scholar responses to the challenges posed in creating housing for degrowth. 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.