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Goedkoop

As housing prices in urban areas sky rocket, all disciplines must look to inventive solutions.  Goedkoop is a book that explores historical and contemporary precedents in the Netherlands.  The Dutch have a long and storied history with respect to both design and housing.  With the relatively recent privatization of their social housing corporations, they also have a feasible and inspiring collection of lessons for the American housing market.

Four 'levers' that were first outlined in the 2014 McKinsey & Co study on the issue were used as a framework for the investigation: Unlocking land supply, Construction and development, Operations and maintenance, and financing.  Through this lense, Goedkoop analyzes a number of Dutch projects that have achieved success in one or more of these categories.

Completed: August 2016

This study was carried out as a part of the Michael Cunningham Travel Fellowship offered by Hart Howerton