Housing and Urbanism
During the last few years, the number of homeless people (lack access to safe and adequate accommodation) has increased dramatically. Moreover, since 2015 the number of migrants arriving and remaining in limbo in the city, in camps, organised settlements or informal spaces, has also increased. At the same time, Athens has become a major tourist pole feeling ripe for the forces of gentrification; short term rental practices (e.g. Airbnb) contribute to the transformation of urban environment becoming contested at the local level. Still, in parallel with the impact of these ‘crises’, reactions to austerity challenged many things taken for granted, including issues of political participation, local democracy and, also, city planning. As a result, the housing issue has become a field of contestation, and urban planning a platform of citizenship participation in different, more egalitarian terms.
OLA is active in projects related to urban planning (e.g. participation in city planning, local democracy etc.) and housing (e.g. refugee integration through social housing, alternatives to Airbnb etc.)