Manuel Lutz is a scholar with degrees in spatial planning and political geography based in Berlin and Potsdam. Interested in both policy analysis and community, his research traces the top-down and bottom-up changes in housing, from homeless tent cities to innovative forms of collaborative housing.
Housing co-operatives offer a way to pursue quality of life at an affordable price: even the United Nations considers them a necessary approach to address global housing challenges. But what is a housing co-operative? Manuel Lutz tells us how co-operatives came to exist in the German-speaking Europe, how they operate in contemporary world, and what lessons they can offer us.