Micro Housing: No Contribution to Affordable Housing – a Berlin Case Study

Hein, Simon and Nießen, Johannes (2020) Micro Housing: No Contribution to Affordable Housing – a Berlin Case Study. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 565-574. ISSN 2521-3938

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The limited body of research on micro housing, which refers to small-scale housing units for single-person households, often associates this with housing affordability. In this study, we analyse the affordability of micro housing based on housing advertisements using Berlin as case study area. Therefore, we focus on different target groups of micro housing named by industry-driven research. On the one hand, we argue that the relevance of some of these groups for housing affordability from anurban development planning perspective is questionable. On the other hand, the results indicate that micro units are hardly affordable for target groups such as students, who are often affected by housing affordability problems. Our study illustrates that for Berlin there is a substantial mismatch between the potential contribution postulated in literature and the actual contribution of micro units to affordable housing

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reduction of living space, micro-apartments, housing affordability, micro housing, rental housing market
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
T Technology > TH Building construction
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 10:31
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 10:31
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/632

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