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Self-help housing is about more than just building homes

by Kallan Lyons

115,000. This number is the record rate which unemployment fell in the UK in 2014. It’s the amount in tonnes o…

Because the land is ours

by Carmen Febres Alméstica

At Habitat 3 in October 2016, World Habitat Awards winner 2015-16 Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust receiv…

The gift of receiving – and a campaign changed me

by Lyndall Stein

I live in central London and have done for decades – right by its beating heart the great flowing Thames…

Community-led housing and young people: solutions to youth homelessness

by Kathryn Sutter

In today’s world it often seems that homelessness is a never ending issue. Youth homelessness in particular se…

Throwing pebbles in the global pond – how the work of the World Habitat Awards continues to create positive ripples

by Louise Winterburn

Each year BSHF puts out a call for entries to the World Habitat Awards. Organisations tackling some of the mos…

Turning the tide

by David Ireland

I remember the very place and day it happened.  In 2014 I was in Los Angeles when my view of homelessness chan…

Young People and Habitat III?

by Kathryn Sutter

Due to the fact that Habitat conferences only happen every twenty years I felt particularly excited that the s…

LGBT+ Communities – equal citizens in our urban future?

by Mariangela Veronesi

After months of discussions, reviews and amendments, the New Urban Agenda was agreed at the Habitat III confer…

The promise of the New Urban Agenda?

by David Ireland

It was 25 years since I had visited Quito.  The last time I was a young backpacker exploring South America for…

The generous giants paving the way to decent homes for everyone

by Louise Winterburn

In 1676, Sir Isaac Newton wrote to Robert Hooke about making scientific progress and said “if I have seen furt…