Cities on the Frontline #19 – July 16, 2020
Covid-19 has exacerbated existing inequalities between different communities in urban areas, affected by the quality, density and safety of their houses, but as with any crisis, there are opportunities to understand and change aspects of society that did not function fairly. Countless people have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
Investing in rapidly upgrading existing housing pumps money back into the local economy and creates jobs in the construction sector. And unlike large, new infrastructure projects which can take years to begin, studies and assessments for upgrading existing housing can be streamlined with new technology. advances.
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, CEO and Founder of Build Change shared the experience of expanding resilient housing programs help vulnerable residents in Philippines, Dominica, Colombia and San Francisco have much safer homes. Improved living places will protect residents from other potential risks during the COVID-19.
Santiago Uribe, Executive Director, Resilience Corporation Office of Medellin shared an alternative model ‘Co-Production’ has been applied to support affordable, safe and resilient housing in Medellin. The community is engaged and an informal property pooling scheme is set.
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