The Commodification of Interim Housing - The Case of Zurich, Switzerland

Gerber, Jean-David; Debrunner, Gabriela (11 July 2018). The Commodification of Interim Housing - The Case of Zurich, Switzerland (Unpublished). In: AESOP Planning Conference. Gothenburg, Sweden. July 2018.

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This presentation questions the role of interim housing as an up-coming coping strategy to deal with affordable housing shortages in growing cities. We use the concepts of institutionalization and commodification to analyze the significance of the increasing societal interest in interim housing. Contrary to housing squats, interim housing is a form of housing that has gone through a process of institutionalization. However, two different models of interim housing need to be distinguished. While non-commodified housing was historically developed to meet the needs of specific categories of tenants, commodified interim housing is managed on the owners’ behalf. It is based on loaning contracts that require payment for operation costs but not rent. Consequently, the legal protection of the rights of interim users, namely low-income families, single parents, people with social aid, and students, remains weak. To understand how these different models could emerge, we analyzed the motivations of the different actors involved. Through the analysis of seven subcases in the metropolitan region of Zurich, Switzerland, the mechanisms that led to the diversification of institutionalized interim housing models will be assessed and discussed. We end with a broader discussion on the role of commodification – and decommodification – in Western states.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Abstract)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Urban & Regional Planing
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Jean-David and Debrunner, Gabriela

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

Language:

English

Submitter:

Gabriela Debrunner

Date Deposited:

22 Mar 2019 14:40

Last Modified:

22 Mar 2019 14:40

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128120

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128120

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