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Smallest House in London (02:42)


Urbanization is driving up housing prices globally; Londoners are being priced out. This film will consider how affordable housing solutions in other cities and countries might be applied in Australia. Robin Swales paid 700,000 pounds for a 26 square meter building.

Canal Boat Living (02:42)

London's East End neighborhood has been taken over by hipsters and high-income families; working class residents are being pushed out of the center. Hamish MacDonald meets Mela, who purchased a house boat for £1,500.

Increasing Housing Supply (02:12)

Labor-controlled London and the conservative national government are working together to fund housing solutions. MacDonald interviews James Murray about a project to build 90,000 affordable homes. Development incentives include fast-track approval and political stability.

Shared Ownership Model (04:00)

Australia's housing prices have increased since 1977 and interest rates have fallen. London accountant Alex Bell split the deposit on her apartment with her housing association, which retained 40% of the unit. Later, she borrowed to purchase it outright.

What is Driving Housing Prices Up? (01:07)

Learn about negative gearing, a tax incentive offered to Australian property investors. The government argues for increasing the supply side to decrease demand and cap price growth.

Tokyo Housing Supply (03:22)

Japan's megacity constantly builds new homes to keep prices affordable. During the 1980s financial crisis, developers wanted to offload empty office buildings. The government allowed residential use in commercial districts—resulting in eclectic architectural mixes. There is less emphasis on ownership.

London Pocket House (01:08)

Tour a smaller housing model for young professionals who cannot afford market rate apartments. The developer believes it could become a global product.

Barcelona Housing Crisis (04:04)

Residents are increasingly unable to compete with tourists, ex-pats and foreign investors. Mayor Ada Colau is a former housing activist and is cracking down on foreign rental sites like Airbnb. Santi's building is being evicted for tourist apartments.

Illegal Airbnb Hosting (03:47)

Online reservation sites allow tourists to book rooms and apartments; many have become illegal hotels run by agents. Barcelona City Council home inspectors Carolina Perez and Yvette Hidalgo collect data from guests to prosecute landlords; fines can reach €60,000.

Regulating Tourist Housing (02:14)

Barcelona's City Council has fined Airbnb and Home Away and frozen tourist apartment applications. Affordable housing unit director Vanessa Vanilyo has also fined banks that are sitting on repossessed properties. Locals protest the housing crisis.

A Double Edged Sword (02:29)

Barcelona relies on tourism, but unchecked numbers of visitors threaten the city's housing and dilute its character. Santi is nostalgic for his childhood neighborhood, but remains encouraged by local activism.

New York Housing Solutions (04:41)

The Zedpod apartment stands on stilts above car parks. Co-Op City in the Bronx was designed to retain middle class residents. Manager Noel Ellison shows Conor Duffy a three bedroom unit for $30,000 with a $1400 monthly fee.

Priced Out (03:23)

Nicholas Dagen Bloom explains that many middle class New York residents are rent burdened or have high mortgages. Administrators plan 200,000 affordable apartments. Co-Op City residents Eva and Dave discuss their subsidized housing.

Danish Housing Solutions (03:31)

Denmark has high population growth targets; Copenhagen hopes to become a carbon neutral capital and needs 45,000 homes in a decade. Developers are creating student apartments from shipping containers. New zoning laws expedite disused land for development.

Urban Rigger Project (03:30)

Copenhagen developer Kim Laudrup has designed a floating student housing complex. It features solar panels and geothermal heating. He discusses the importance of keeping middle class residents in the city.

Andelsbolig Ownership Model (05:16)

Innovation lab Space 10 manager Kaave believes hydroponic farming will help lower housing costs. Mads is a shareholder in a 16 unit apartment building. The strategy limits foreign speculators and allows middle class residents to stay in Copenhagen.

Danish Sustainable City Vision (02:16)

Political scientist Esben argues that having neighborhood communities will decrease the need for large apartments. The government partners with private sectors to find solutions.

Credits: The Home Show (00:24)

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How do we make housing more affordable? What are other countries trying – and what bright ideas might we pinch from them?

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL145244

ISBN: 978-1-64198-793-6

Copyright date: ©2017

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