Field of Work
The challenges of housing have changed significantly in the last few years. Especially in regions with a strained housing market, it is essential to secure affordable housing in lively sections of the city. New strategies must be pursued to secure suitable housing for all population groups, and to preserve and create sections of the city where different social groups can live together peacefully. Integration strategies based on social and cultural diversity must be applied to counteract displacement processes.
In addition, in recent decades, joint building ventures have become established as new actors on the housing market. These are aimed at self-determined, self-organized, and responsible living within a community. By now, communal housing formats are highly differentiated and new innovative housing projects in particular are focused on social and district-related matters.
Extensive research is opening up many opportunities especially in urban and socially responsible district development and in citizen involvement in construction and housing.
Gerd Kuhn, born in Sulzbach am Main in 1954, studied Modern History and Social Sciences (Sociology/Politics) in Frankfurt am Main. He worked at the Technical University Berlin from 1989 to 1995 and gained his PhD in 1996 on the subject of “Communal Housing Policy in Frankfurt am Main”, for which he was awarded the Ludwig Landmann Prize. Since 1997, he has worked as a member of the academic staff at the Institute of Housing and Design. Kuhn has researched in numerous projects, including “Villa and your own home”, “Urban living”, “Social mix in cities”, “Construction in joint building ventures”, “Living spaces” and “Housing diversity”. Moreover, he is a co-publisher of the magazine “Moderne Stadtgeschichte” [Modern Urban History - MSG], a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Association of Joint Building Ventures, and the Supervisory Board Chairman of the Bau- und Heimstättenvereins eG [Building and Smallholding Association] in Stuttgart.