How do we create affordable housing today? Who are today’s new clients? What new answers can be found to the age-old housing questions? Housing constitutes the rooms, neighborhoods and streets of our daily lives, but a growing number of people are fi nding it increasingly diffi cult to access affordable housing on their own terms. Increasingly reduced to a real estate problem, housing issues have been dissociated from architecture, and a notable absence of alternative social actors is painfully apparent. Part of the HKW project Wohnungsfrage (The Housing Question), this investigates the fraught relationship between housing, architecture, and social reality, extending and documenting the exhibition of 1:1 experimental housing models, case studies and artistic works.
Consisting of 11 books examining options for self-determined, social and affordable housing, the series presents key historical works with new commentaries, contemporary case studies from around the world, and proposals by an international group of participating activists, architects and artists concerned with urban policy issues.
The Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) project Wohnungsfrage investigates the fraught relationship between architecture, housing, and social reality in an exhibition of experimental housing models, an international academy, and a publication series that examines various options for self-determined, social and affordable housing. This publication series presents key historical works accompanied by new commentaries, contemporary case studies from around the world, and publications by activists concerned with urban policy issues, architects, and artists.