Homes for the Future Panel Discussion – Festival of Thrift

James will be speaking as part of a panel event at 2pm on Saturday at part of the Festival of Thrift in Kirkleatham.  The debate will look at economics of housing in the North East, particularly in relation to Teesside Universities new Ministry of Building, Innovation and Education (MOBIE) course which looks at innovation in the housing industry, an industry that largely hasn’t changed the way we build in decades. James will be talking about the economics and politics of housing and land, and how we can move away from the financialization of housing towards housing as a basic human right and discussing the obstacles in-between.

The Festival of Thrift is a growing North East Festival that celebrates sustainable living and focuses on local and national artists and makers, communities, residents, businesses, local authorities, schools and churches to examining the way we live.



2pm, Saturday 23rd September

Working with renowned architect and broadcaster George Clarke and MOBI, the Ministry of Building Innovation, Teesside University want to kick start a fundamental change to the building industry, attracting new generations into the profession. Together they have developed multi-disciplinary courses to attract new and innovative ideas and people into the building industry. Come and hear about their initiatives in training those who will make, build and create twenty-first century homes that genuinely improve the way people live and how MIMA are working with Middlesbrough residents to rethink how we build our communities from the ground up.

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