Spatial hybridization and its implications on housing in Brussels and Amsterdam

This paper aims to address the effects of labour market mutations on housing through an analysis of “spatial hybridization”, focusing on the qualitative comparison of Brussels and Amsterdam. The objective is to provide first elements of context, methodology and results of a wider on-going research. In the first section, we highlight underlying trends, in particular the emergence of NWoW in a context of new economy, and current issues on the housing market (flexibilisation, commodification, gentrification). Then, we discuss the relevance of applying path dependence in our research, before presenting our two case-study cities from a historical perspective and pointing out innovative practices and the current public discourse. Finally, we discuss differences and similarities through four elements of comparison: functional mix at the block level, service-oriented housing, economic and housing paths. The discussion is based on our literature review, early policy analysis and interviews with key-stakeholders.

Uyttebrouck, Constance, and Jacques Teller (2017). Presented at ENHR Conference 2017 in Tirana, Albania.

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