Downtown Rotterdam

Club Cool

Rotterdam doesn’t have much space but it does need a lot of housing. That means densification. In the middle of…


Amstelstation Amsterdam

Waiting space becomes waiting place

WeLoveTheCity has untangled the maze of infrastructure around Amstel Station. Pedestrians walk across the green and car-free station square to…


Hamburg, London, Rome


WeLoveTheCity is also engaged in the development of tools for better cities. Smarticipate is a striking example of this. The…


Cultural Estates Hilversum

Serenity in the Randstad

City dwellers crave for peace, space and nature, but unfortunately it cannot cost a penny. Many estates have therefore the…


Bossche Stadsdelta 's-Hertogenbosch

Forever young

‘s-Hertogenbosch is a water city. The Bossche Stadsdelta is the place where the Dommel, Aa, Binnendieze and Zuid-Willemsvaart flow together…


Rwanda, Ghana, South Africa

Inclusive densification

Affordable housing is a universal fundamental right. But why is it still a global problem? More and more working Dutch…


Harbour Quarter Deventer

The Flemish Approach

Everyone knows: if you pass the old silos by the sluice, you are really in Deventer. Here, WeLoveTheCity introduced The…


Cromhoff and Twekkelerveld Enschede

Talent for Twente

After Amsterdam, Enschede is home to the largest and most diverse range of educational and knowledge institutions. The city is…


Paasbos Nijkerk

Co-creation for doers

WeLoveTheCity ordered 100 empty ‘Paasboxes’. Residents of Paasbos in Nijkerk drew, taped and wrote their wishes and ideas for the…


Station Area Delft Campus

Innovative playground

Stationsgebied Delft Campus is an integral part of Schieoevers Noord and forms the missing link between Kabeldistrict, Voorhof, Tanthof and…


Watertorenpark Hengelo

A Vondelpark in miniature

It was an epic battle but it worked: Watertower Park Hengelo is complete! “Over the cycle highway F35 towards the…


Kolenkitbuurt Amsterdam

Reclaiming the street

Amsterdam West holds a special place in our hearts. It began with Mercatorplaza on the A10 West ring road. Together…


Urban Land Swap Winterswijk

The best city centre

In 1998, Andries Geerse drew up the structural plan for the historic centre of Woerden, which was proclaimed the best…


Waalsprong Nijmegen

Plant Your Flag

WeLoveTheCity believes that the energy transition will proceed more quickly if you give residents and entrepreneurs the space to implement…


The Village Arnhem

Smart & Slow

Since Dutch TV presentator Mies Bouwman’s crowd funding action in 1962, Het Dorp represents the emancipation of people with disabilities.…



Inclusive densification

Inclusive densification

Affordable housing is a universal fundamental right. But why is it still a global problem? More and more working Dutch people cannot afford a house. And in China, there are more people living in slums than ever, and that after 35 years of continuous economic growth. It is therefore not surprising that emerging countries such as South Africa, Rwanda and Ghana are struggling with this challenge.

WeLoveTheCity sees two challenges. The first is political. Decision-makers in Europe, Asia and Africa see housing construction as something relatively simple and therefore pass it on to the market: “You solve that task”. The result: production for low and middle incomes hardly gets off the ground. The second challenge is about space. The battle for this most scarce resource in our growing cities is fierce, and affordable housing and nature often lose out.

Together with international partners, WeLoveTheCity has drawn up the Inclusive Densification 15-step Plan. The focus is on inspiring political decision-makers and identifying space (or ‘land’) that is overlooked by others. WeLoveTheCity has implemented the Inclusive Densification 15 Steps Plan in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (850,000 inhabitants) and in Dr. Beyers Naudé Municipality (85,000 inhabitants), as part of the Local Government Capacity Programme of VNG International.

Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities also wants to work with the Inclusive Densification 15 Step Plan. We are assisting them with hands on implementation in the six astonishingly fast growing cities of Musanze, Rubavu, Muhanga, Huye, Nyagatare and Rusizi.

The training increased the capacity of the local staff to design, implement urban upgrading projects as well as the possible financing models for participatory urban development projects.

Paskaliah Kachieng’a, VNG International
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