Onbetaalbare huizen en onderbenutte gebieden: De institutionele leegte van woningbouw en gebiedstransformaties

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In the Netherlands, as in many other countries, housing supply fails to meet the rapidly increasing housing demand in already densely urbanised areas, contributing to rising housing prices and possibly gentrification. The state and local governments aim to satisfy this demand by densifying urban areas and by transforming urban brownfields and vacant office parks into residential areas, thus containing urban sprawl. However, the private actors needed to redevelop these areas operate according to a different institutional logic and discourse: the market. According to this market logic, urban transform is too expensive, even when partly subsidized, and, to some extent, sprawl is unavoidable to satisfy housing demand. The two different logics fail to deliver the housing needed. Building discourse coalitions is suggested as a possible way out of this deadlocked debate, while government actors might also aim to influence the housing market with novel, market oriented policy instruments.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)15-30
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • institutional void
  • urban transformation
  • urban governance
  • housing policy
  • policy instruments

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