'If the State regulates the market – and this is public policy – it can implement a redistributive social policy'

Interview with Yves Cabannes


  • Sílvia Jorge Gestual-CIAUD/FAUL https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4587-2262
  • Sílvia Viegas Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação, Universidade do Algarve (CIAC-UAlg)


housing market regulation, social housing policy, social policy on housing, Community Land Trusts


In this interview Yves Cabannes addresses issues regarding the access to adequate and proper housing in a pandemic context, taking into account the enlargment of structural problems and challenges consolidating and/or arising. It focuses, on the one hand, on the main dimensions that influence or determine access to housing and, on the other hand, on the paradigm shift inherent to the transition from a social housing policy to a social policy on housing. Four structuring ideas stand out: (1) strategies to face the crisis aimed at the most vulnerable communities; (2) public policies and instruments that ensure the right to housing; (3) fiscal policies, market and investment regulation for a better redistribution of resources and opportunities; and (4) concrete cases, the example of Community Land Trusts.

Author Biography

Sílvia Jorge, Gestual-CIAUD/FAUL

I am an architect with a Master’s degree in Architecture and Rehabilitation of Urban Centers, and with a PhD in Urbanism, from the Lisbon School of Architecture of the University of Lisbon (LSA-UL). I am a researcher of the Centre for Innovation in Territory, Urbanism and Architecture of the Instituto Superior Técnico of the University of Lisbon (CiTUA/IST-UL). My research assumes an interdisciplinary approach, dialoguing between Architecture, Urbanism and Social Sciences, and has focused on the urban margins of different contexts (Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique). My work and contribution in various collective research projects have been developing among four thematic axes: 1. (self)production of space and its urban inequalities; 2. urban/housing policies and urbanistic tools; 3. urban typologies and intervention paradigms; 4. right to housing, right to the city and spatial justice. I have (co)author various articles in (inter)national journals and chapter books, as well as participated and organised several scientific meetings on my research themes.


Cabannes, Y & Ross, P. (2014). 21st Century Garden Cities of To-Morrow, A manifesto. Londres: Lulu Publishing [tradução livre].

Deacon, D., Clarke, R., Guimarães, S. (Eds.) (2005). Redefining the Commons Locking in Value through Community Land Trusts, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Coalville: Building and Social Housing Foundation.





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