Housing for degrowth narratives

François Schneider*

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Degrowth challenges the hegemony of growth and calls for a democratically led proportional and redistributive downscaling of production and consumption as a means to achieve environmental sustainability, social justice and well-being. Degrowth implies alternative institutions and ethics, and an efficiency, which is frugal or based on reducing inputs and outputs. Housing for degrowth proposes reducing the total urban area; simplifying and redistributing access to housing; halting industrial urbanisation; deurbanising and renaturalising areas; renovating dwellings to improve living conditions; sharing dwellings more; and developing low level, low impact, small scale, decentralised, compact settlements. Certain processes of a degrowth transformation of housing are already taking place. A variety of approaches coalesce in the degrowth narrative, a narrative contra most current housing lobbies from the Right and even from the pro-growth Left. In this story, degrowth actors are part of a coherent coalition.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHousing for Degrowth
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples, Models, Challenges and Opportunities
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351365246
ISBN (Print)9781138558052
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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