More and more people are struggling to pay their rent. Cities around the globe are experiencing housing price and rent increases, and wages are not nearly keeping up. Despite housing being a basic need many local and national governments do not prioritize the access to decent and affordable housing. As an international network we can join forces to develop strategies and new approaches that promote the right to housing. Let’s get organized!
Something that I really love about cities is their egalitarian character. Seeing how people use public space to get from A to B, but also as places to hang out, do sports, play, read books, watch people etc. makes me realize how important public spaces are. Not least as a place where people from different backgrounds can come together. By appropriating the space new dynamics emerge. Everything is in motion. I am convinced that cities should be for everyone, should be held together by common-good-oriented practices and regain their socially inclusive character.
Biking through a city is in my opinion the best way to explore it: you are able uncover its complex net of streets, stroll through parks and green spaces and visit different bustling neighbourhoods. Brussels, where I currently live, may not be the perfect place to cycle, but I love it for its inhabitants and the diversity of realities they live in. Every single one of them makes up the city and perceives it through their own eyes. I believe that by thinking about our cities together, on a local and a global level, we cannot only learn from each other but build up new visions of a city for all. Therefore, at the Urban Knowledge Collective I organise events to imagine inclusive cities.
Land is - in the truest sense of the word - the basis of our existence. Land is not multipliable and no one can do without it. But currently, urban land is traded as financial asset and speculative mechanisms dominate. As inhabitants & all-day-makers of urban life, we need to ask questions about land, property and (in)equality. With the UKC, we want to ask these questions! We acknowledge and embrace that cities are open processes, that they are socially produced spaces and therefore changeable. Changeable towards more just urban futures!! With collective knowledge production I hope that we can open up potentialities for breaking binaries of rational and emotional knowledge, of academia and activism, of object and subject. Let’s work and think together, let’s care for each other!