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OGLM 2100 - Implementing Housing Policies

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This workshop emphasizes the social, economic and environmental stakes of housing policies and their implementation. Large metropolises face strategic housing issues, which depend on their history, social structure, population growth, and existing economic and housing market dynamics. Policy makers have to take all those elements into account in order to properly meet people's essential housing needs and to ensure a sustainable and integrative urban growth. Group discussions will highlight the difficulties of meeting the following challenges: housing the poor while promoting social diversity, as well as developing territories while empowering the people. Focusing on case studies, the workshop will introduce the different stakeholders and the role they play in the implementation of housing policies. Students will have an overview of the tools municipalities utilize to implement housing projects: social housing programs, eco-districts, urban renewal projects, private-public partnerships... The workshop will help the students develop a professional stance. Through role-playing exercises students will learn how to defend specific interests and how to write a meeting report. They will experience the different steps of a call-for- tenders, from building an analysis grid to presenting a convincing offer that complies with the tender specifications.


  • DUMONTIER, Pauline (Social Project Manager, Emmaüs Habitat)
  • KOSTIC, Doriana (Project Director, Plaine Commune Habitat)

Pedagogical format

4 sessions of 3 hours.

Course validation

Conducting a meeting : 50% collective note. Call for tender : 50% collective note.

Required reading

  • Slum Upgrading Up Close, Experiences of Six Cities, Cities Alliance, October 2008 : read “Ekurhuleni in Context,” page 19 to 26
  • Upgrading South Africa's Housing Policy, Cities Alliance in Action
  • Housing the Poor in African Cities, “Low Income Housing : Approaches to Helping the Urban Poor Find Adequate Housing in African Cities,” UN Habitat & Cities Alliance, 2011
  • Streets as tools for urban transformation in slums: A Street-Led Approach to Citywide Slum Upgrading, UN Habitat, 2012
  • Derek S. Hyra, “Racial Uplift? Intra-Racial Class Conflict and the Economic Revitalization of Harlem and Bronzeville”, in City & Community, March 2006

Additional required reading

  • Web sites:
  • The Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore