Sustainable communities? A comparative perspective on urban housing in the European context

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Title: Sustainable communities? A comparative perspective on urban housing in the European context
Authors: Winston, Nessa
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3940
Date: Jun-2012
Abstract: This paper examines the sustainability of urban housing in the European Union. It outlines a number of key criteria for assessing the sustainability of urban housing including mixed use developments, higher residential densities, high quality dwellings and neighbourhoods, affordability and food production. Utilising the 2007 tranche of the European Quality of Life Survey, it finds significant variations between countries in the sustainability of urban housing and communities and highlights the leaders and laggards in this regard. The relative success of urban areas in Denmark and Finland deserves some additional research, although there is scope for considerable improvement even in these ‘leader’ countries. The paper highlights significant problems with housing and communities in some Southern and some Eastern European urban locations, in particular Portugal, Hungary and Poland and Greece.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: ENHR
Copyright (published version): 2012, ENHR
Keywords: Sustainable development;Sustainable communities;Urban housing;Quality of life;Livable cities
Subject LCSH: Sustainable urban development--European Union countries
Housing--European Union countries
Community development--European Union countries
Quality of life--European Union countries
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: Proceedings of ENHR Conference 2012 Housing: Local Welfare and Local Markets in a Globalised World
Conference Details: Housing: Local Welfare and Local Markets in a Globalised World. European Network for Housing Researchers Annual Conference., June, 2012
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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