Transatlantic event Europe and the Americas: Urban land and affordable housing

27 June - 2023 , Online

15:00 CET / 14:00 UK / 12:00 Chile


Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL)
METREX Housing Expert Group
Universidad de La Frontera (UFRO), Chile
Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, US


The event will take place on 27th June at 15:00 CET/ 14:00 GMT/ 9:00 EDT Via Zoom and last for 1 hour and 30’. We believe it will be an exciting opportunity for attendees to gain valuable insights into the issue of providing affordable housing in urban areas. This is a complex problem that involves a variety of factors, including land availability and cost, zoning regulations, construction costs, and financing.
The aim of this session is to enable a transatlantic (Americas and Europe) dialogue on the subject, by examining exemplar cases in both regions with a critical reflection from selected government officials and experts.
Much has been written about land value capture tools and tax incentives mechanisms to gain developers’ contributions in the form of housing units. The focus here will be more on the supply of urban land and how this can be achieved. We will particularly examine cases that:

  1. Increase the supply of land, such as rezoning underutilized land or converting abandoned buildings into residential spaces. ( SostreCivic, Spain)
  2. Create community land trusts: Community land trusts are non-profit organizations that purchase and hold land in trust for the benefit of the community. This can help ensure that the land is used for affordable housing and can also provide long-term stability for residents. (John Emmeus Davis -CLT Innovation)

A guided discussion will follow the presentations and include comments from government officials in Costa Rica, Ecuador and XXX. Our esteemed guest speakers will be sharing their expertise and engaging in stimulating discussions, and we would love for you to be a part of it.

Please enrol by clicking on the ‘Register’ link. We look forward to seeing you there!

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