ALTERNATIVE HOUSING IN THE NETHERLANDS The Dutch housing market is overheated. Prices have reached a record in an ever shrinking market. Not only in the capital Amsterdam, but in almost every region, housing prices increased with around the 10 percent in one year. As a response to the economic crisis, interest on mortgage has decreased, making it attractive to buy. However, not everyone is in the possibility to buy a house, or has the ambition to live in a standard house, paying mortgage to the bank. The economic crisis has also had another effect: people are more and more skeptical towards banks and economic growth. Collective consciousness is increasing, pointing to economic independence, sustainability, protecting the planet and community life. Several people search for alternative forms of living in the Netherlands. This reportage documents several types of alternative living in the Netherlands
This project was an assignment for Goethe Institut Germany and was published as blogs on their website and dates from the summer of 2018. I visited 9 different alternative housing initiatives in The Netherlands. It was interesting to document and laid the base for a new project I am starting soon on citizen-driven responses to climate change in contemporary Europe. For this new project I will be focusing on movements that have arisen in different European cities as a response to climate-change.