Change is inevitable, and adaptation essential
Sustainable and just cities go beyond being open to change, they have a spirit of continuous adaptation. Disruptive changes, such as climate change and global pandemics, aggravate systemic inequalities. City-makers stay alert to these, as well as unintended consequences from their actions and are prepared to learn from potential failures. They embrace just transformation through a flexible and reflexive approach. They adapt along the way, based on emerging opportunities, needs and ongoing experience.
Adaptive affordable housing initiative, Brussels
To address a housing affordability crisis in Brussels, Belgium, an innovative initiative called Community Land Trust Brussels has taken on the role of social real estate developer.
Facilitate the emergence of sites of change
Recognise the value in vacant and obsolete spaces as sites of change. Facilitate the transformation by identifying these spaces, organising open calls, and providing support for the local communities to take over the spaces (e.g. permits, resources).