Federation for
Housing and

IFHP Summit 2016 - programme





Entry and registration 

Moderator of the day: Katrina Sichel 





Welcome to IFHP Summit 

BPD CEO Walter de Boer & IFHP President Flemming Borreskov 


Welcome to Rotterdam 

Mayor of the City of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb 



Global urban agenda

Latest on the global urban agenda from UNs conference Habitat III
IFHP CEO Anette Galskjøt





European urban agenda

Key note to introduce the European urban agenda, it’s main challenges and next steps. As Dutch Urban Envoy, Beets worked on getting the Urban Agenda for the EU approved in Amsterdam on May 30th, 2016. The ‘Pact of Amsterdam’ offers opportunities for European cities to be more involved in EU regulation, access to EU funding and better sharing of knowledge. What are the main opportunities and challenges for EU cities in the Urban Agenda for the EU? 

Nicolaas Beets, Dutch Urban Envoy, Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations









Panel Debate: Inter-sectorial partnerships and new roles

Challenges and opportunities of the 21st century’s global and local urban agendas require cooperation and partnership and a re-invention of the role of the actors to allow a reinforced focus on urbanization and area development … for all people. 

The panel debate will focus upon how to take the European urban agenda forward towards implementation of better solutions for cities and people.

  • Pelle Lind Bournonville, Realdania, DK

  • Ronald Prins, Director Spatial-Economical Development, City of Rotterdam, NL 

  • Desirée Uitzetter, Director Urban Development BPD, NL

  • Marc Glaudemans, Professor Urban Strategies at Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts Tilburg, NL

  • Rikke Lønne, Development Consultant at Denmarks Almene Boliger 


Coffee break


Learning from practice: The north-western European perspective 
A presentation of the comparison study between area development in The Netherlands and Germany. The presentation will discuss the international differences and the (dis-)advantages and focus on how implementation lessons learnt can be transformed to other countries.

Desirée Uitzetter, Director Urban Development BPD 
Han Joosten, Head of Market Research BPD 



Socio-economic segregation in Europe: Area- and people-based policy solutions

Segregation in European cities is increasing. The poor and the rich are increasingly living separated; The rich have more opportunities where to live than the poor. Professor van Ham explores briefly current evidence on the downside effects of segregation and for whom. And moves on to explore the effectiveness of both area-based (social mix) and people-based policy initiatives to tackle concentrated poverty, using examples from large scale urban renewal projects. Where area-based policies can improve neighbourhoods physically an important question or challenge remains: how can these policies support the social and economic mobility of low income people, and stimulate socially inclusive cities? Professor van Ham points out directions for urban stakeholders to close the gap to the benefit of all. 

Maarten van Ham, Professor of Urban Renewal and Housing, Delft University of Technology & Professor of Geography, University of St Andrews


Lunch & departure for Theater Walhalla, locations for the afternoon program


Workshops: Share and generate tools for implementation

Sign up for the workshop you would like to attend when you register. 
  1. Making housing for all – affordable and inclusive
    Focus: New alliances to facilitate the inclusive city
    Moderator Helma Born, CEO MCD / Procap  

    1.1. The inclusive city over the life course by Maarten van Ham
    Growing up in urban poverty has negative effects on income later as adults. This is evident in recent research in Sweden and the Netherlands which shows that children who are born in deprived neighbourhoods often spend the majority of their life in such neighbourhoods in urban poverty. Education is found to be an effective escape out of poverty neighbourhoods as well as a larger focus on how to design programmes for integrated approaches to foster inclusive communities and avoid segregation. Recent research on urban poverty will be presented.
    1.2. A Great Start for Everybody by Leon Bobbe
    Startblok is a project in Amsterdam with 500 housing units for youngsters with different backgrounds where everyone’s contributions come first. Integrated housing with workplaces, internship- and learning initiatives. An opportunity to build a future.
    1.3. La cité des 4000 by Anne-Marie Chavanon / Cofhuat, French National Chapter of IFHP
    The area of La Tour is built in the 1960s to host slum dwellers and workers, both French and migrants and became quite a challenged neighbourhood. The renewal project focused on the desire to give every family a specific and easily identifiable place to live.

  2. Making more space for housing - spatial limitation
    Focus: Re-development of industrial areas to include (also) affordable housing 
    Moderator Jeanet van Antwerpen, CEO SADC  

    2.1. Strategy for creating a social mix and also affordable housing by Christian Dalsdorf 
    The vision for Nordhavn is to develop a new part of Copenhagen with great diversity in use and inhabitants. Affordable housing is one way to ensure this; challenged by how to be developed, implemented and connected to the existing city. 
    2.2. Challenging the market - New models for affordable housing by Kristian Käll
    RiverCity Gothenburg will by 2035 accommodate nearly 50.000 new inhabitants. Due to today's costs and if doing ‘business as usual’ the RiverCity project risks deepening the segregation across the city, not reaching the overarching goal of social inclusion. In the absence of national economic incentives for affordable housing, Älvstranden has examined the tools at local level and challenged the market to find new business models for inclusive housing. Kristian will give insights to the new housing models created for the development of one of the most attractive areas of the RiverCity Project. 
    2.3. Netherlands, Rotterdam: Katendrecht by Sander Geenen, City of Rotterdam. Katendrecht is a neighbourhood in the South of Rotterdam. Since 2007 the area is developed from one of the worst neighbourhoods in the city into a new and modern residential area with a lot of green. Sander Geenen tells the story of re-development of industrial areas in Rotterdam and the benefit t of urban re-generation.

  3. Making within the existing stock
    Focus: Measures to innovate and improve the sustainability of the existing urban fabric
    Moderator Hans-Hugo Smit, BPD  
    3.1. Making Social Housing Sexy by Amelia Hunter
    Words like 'social housing' conjure images of stained, peeling facades and dank, neglected corridors. Too often boroughs solve problems with anti-climb paint & lines of lethal spikes. Amelia Hunter ponders the world of the urban estate through her experience in working on a mass renovation program for a London borough. She considers how artful community activation and extraordinary high-tech design might reverse this dismal trend and create engaged and motivated communities.
    3.2. RenovActive - a healthy and affordable renovation concept by Michael K. Rasmussen
    How to renovate the existing building stock to be healthy for people, affordable, easy to reproduce and scalable? These were the main questions for the RenovActive project in Anderlecht, Belgium. The demonstration project is based on the Active House principles, applied to social housing and single-family homes. The concept suggests 7 design elements, which makes it possible to apply the concept in parts onto existing buildings in different levels of renovation demand and financial viability. A major goal of RenovActive is to prove and scale an Active House renovation in social housing schemes across Europe.
    3.3. Challenges from the government`s point of view by Jos van Dalen
    Dutch Cities face increasing urbanization which brings both opportunities and challenges: how to improve economic strength, accommodate the large demand for new houses and improve the quality of life in all its aspects? Major urban challenges manifest themselves within the domains of climate adaptation, the energy transition and the circular economy. Jos van Dalen will consider these developments in view of the need to revitalize the existing housing stock in the future, based on current cases from several cities.


Coffee break


Closing discussion 

Presentation of tools for implementation - the outcome of the workshops. 

Closing discussion: Are the recommendations useful for the professionals in their daily practice? 

Moderated by Katrina Sichel 



What is ahead - challenges and possibilities for the future

BPD CEO & IFHP President

17.30 Reception & drinks

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