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Title: Towards a sustainable transformation of the housing stock in Flanders, Belgium
Authors: Bervoets, Wouter
Vanneste, Dominique
Vanderstraeten, Lieve
Ryckewaert, Michael
Heynen, Hilde
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Journal of Urbanism:International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 8(3), p. 302-330
Abstract: The housing stock in Flanders contains a significant share of detached dwellings. Recent demographical, economic and ecological developments, however, have induced a large demand for other housing types. This paper addresses the resulting issue of whether the adaptation of existing low-density neighbourhoods is possible, and hypothesizes that the presence of a certain NIMBY (not in my back yard) attitude among current residents might complicate any planning efforts that would bring about fundamentally different spatial patterns. The paper offers an analysis of the existing residential patterns, focusing on the presence of underused housing. This analytical part is complemented by qualitative research into the acceptability of different possible scenarios at the neighbourhood level. Three distinct strategies have been elaborated for discussion with homeowners. The paper concludes that a top-down projection of transformative strategies needs to be brought into balance with interests of residents, thus capitalizing on an ‘overarching interest’, bringing into play an alliance of different tendencies.
Notes: epub ahead of press
Keywords: detached single-family houses; underused dwellings; transformative strategies; public support analysis
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ISSN: 1754-9175
DOI: 10.1177/09544327167940
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: vabb 2017
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