Projet scientifique
Axe 2 : Justice et inégalités (2016-2024)

Housing health literacy

Residents facing the energy renovation

ENHR European Network for Housing Research
Where Lodz - Poland
When 28 - 30 June
Organisation Magdalena Załęczna ENHR 2023 Conference Chair, Department of Inestment and Real Estate, University of Łódź and Mariusz Sokołowicz Vice Dean of Faculty of Economics and Sociology, University of Łódź
PROGRAMME SAPHIR Santé Paris Habitat Histoire Résidentielle
Working Group 1 Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Housing
Working Group 2 Residential Context of Health
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WG Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability of Housing.


Today, whether condominiums or social housing, Parisian buildings are concerned by work programs undertaken within the framework of the Climate Plan initiated by the City of Paris. This renewal affects the social life of the buildings, which has been consolidated over the years. While a building is built by materials and populations, it is also the result of history, from its construction to its daily maintenance (or degradation). Our assumption is that people who have no control over their living space are likely to suffer more mental health problems, in most cases without knowing exactly why, due to a lack of knowledge about the causes or health literacy in their living space. The inability to adapt housing or to resolve these situations independently makes us wonder : How can residents’ mental health be influenced by their ability to control their living space ? To show this, we will study four exemplary buildings that are affected by the tension between factors that generate dissatisfaction, bad mood, mental stress, anxiety and depression, which have different effects on mental health.

WG Residential Context of Health.


This communication proposes to investigate the hypothesis of the emergence of a new healthy habitat as a result of the Covid crisis. To do so, we will first show how the new relationship between health and housing requires the mobilization of an analytical perspective at the scale of the building and the residential history of the inhabitants. We are developing a participatory historical methodology to understand the demand for healthy housing. In the second part, this reading grid is applied to three specific cases of collective housing in the Paris region. They correspond to three different periods of construction and technical standards. The first results from the social housing stock of Paris Habitat (Barres Rome and Londres, Paris 13e) and from the condominiums (« Olympiades » and « Home 13 » towers and Champigny-sur-Marne) show how new requirements for « healthy » housing are emerging as well as new social inequalities in housing.

Urban regeneration – shines and shadows

Regeneration is not only a theme of local importance, but a global challenge that all countries must face, both developed and developing ones. The issues that comprehensive regeneration efforts seek to tackle concern cities on all continents. More than half of today’s world population lives in cities, and by 2050 this number will reach 70% ; only 14% of the people of the world’s wealthiest countries will live outside urban areas. Regeneration of urban areas involves not only renovations of entire streets or city blocks. Still, it is primarily about finding solutions for improving the social and economic situation of the local community. The transformations caused by the regeneration process bring not only expected positive consequences. They also contribute to the emergence of processes and phenomena that adversely affect the local community. Among them is a relocation of residents who cannot afford to live in renovated tenement houses, and gentrification begins. Some local entrepreneurs close their activities. There is also a problem with the effective use of public money and the creation of new functions in the city.

The regeneration process requires in-depth analysis, comparison of case studies, and searching for good practices. Sharing knowledge will allow for better preparation of a holistic approach to regeneration operation.