289,000 young people in Sweden do not have their own home today. Things should not be this way. UngBo is a communication project initiated by the City of Malmö in partnership with the construction industry to provoke a debate on the shortage of housing among young people. With an ideas competition, a competition for Young architects and the first housing exhibition for young people in Sweden, the stakeholders of the housing market have been brought together to take shared responsibility for increasing construction for young people as a target group. The web-based ideas competition involves young people aged between 18 and 30 submitting proposals for how they want to live in the future and ideas on what can be done about the housing shortage. The project has therefore created a new form of citizen participation, with young people being involved in urban development on their own terms and without any need for prior knowledge. A process has been kickstarted with UngBo, and the project has generated knowledge capital that now requires management.
UngBo’s housing exhibition for young people resulted in an UngBo-initiative. The initiative stipulates a number of responsibilities that the various stakeholders on the housing market can assume separately and/or jointly to contribute to more homes being built for young people. It is hoped that the initiative will trigger the machinery and put pressure on national housing policy so that more municipalities choose to follow in the footsteps of the City of Malmö.
Immediately after the housing exhibition, UngBo announced a land allocation competition with the focus on homes for young people. The entries to the competition had to be based on the proposals, concepts and ideas submitted in UngBo’s ideas competition, which challenge prevailing construction rules and standards in many ways. ByggVesta together with Utopia Architects was the winner. This means that 11 dwelling units will be built on Spårvägen in Norra Sorgenfri in Malmö. These will be affordable housing with the focus on social and environmental sustainability, entirely in the spirit of UngBo.
In November 2013 UngBo was the host of the conference, Forever Young!? This national conference on housing for young people brought together the building industry, politicians, civil servants and young people. The goal was to highlight the good ideas and projects that have emerged from the hard work involved in putting the housing shortage among young people onto the agenda.
Since then we are working hard to take our share of the responsibility – creating a housing market without shortage. The entire work of UngBo is based on the young people who are committed to the project by coming up with ideas, to submit proposals, discuss and vote. It means that we have a great trust. And a responsibility to ensure that something actually gets built. We do this by ensuring that our part of the UngBo-initiative is met. How? Learn more about the ByggVesta UngBo-houses, the National Housing Conference Forever Young!?, Bolotsen and the ideas competition Funky rooms.