Conference on Architecture's role in achieving affordable housing

Our University's Department of Architecture, in collaboration with the Cyprus Architects Association, is organizing a Conference, focusing on the often-overlooked role of Architecture in achieving affordable housing in Cyprus today. 

The Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 18:00 to 20:00 at Frederick University's Nicosia campus (outside area).

In recent years, the discourse on affordable housing has gained momentum across various sectors of Cypriot society. However, the conversation frequently centers on the real estate market, incentives, and funding, neglecting the pivotal role that Architecture plays in fostering affordability. Architecture determines crucial factors such as the necessary minimum living space, choice of construction materials, housing densities, and access to amenities like green spaces, communal areas, views, natural light, and ventilation. Are architects aware of the escalating value of land, space, and construction? How aware is society that in order to achieve affordability, a shift in entrenched housing and living patterns must be made? Can innovative and adaptable architectural approaches accommodate larger populations at reduced costs? How can contemporary urban frameworks and building regulations, grounded in present-day realities, facilitate accessibility?

Professor Wafaa Nadim, a Faculty member of the German University of Cairo, will deliver the keynote speech of the event. Prof. Nadim will explore smart and affordable housing solutions, and comment on challenges, possible failures and lessons learned for Cyprus, from Egypt's experience.

Prof. Nadim's presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion on "Architecture and Affordable Housing: The Challenges of the Cypriot Reality" featuring Mr Alkis Dikaios, President of the Cyprus Architects Association and a faculty member of our University's Department of Architecture, Ms Maria Charalambidou, Architect and President of the Town Planning Council, Mr Andreas Papallas, Architect and member of the Council of the Scientific and Technical Chamber of Cyprus (ETEK); and Elena Parouti, Architect.

The discussion will be moderated by Professor Lora Nikolaou, Faculty member of the Department of Architecture.

To participate in the event, kindly follow the provided link (open until May 17). For further information, please contact Ms. Tonia Mantzoura at tel. 22394465.

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