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Eurogypsum will demonstrate its perspective, on the city of the future, during the European Parliament Gypsum Forum, under the chairmanship of Julie Girling at the European Parliament premises in Brussels with the European Builders Confederation.
Europe is the most urbanized continent outside of the Americas, with 73% of the current population living in urban environments; this is expected to rise to 80% by 2050. The largest challenge for the vast majority of European cities is their capacity to adapt to the evolving needs of the inhabitants who face scarcity of housing with the resultant increase in cost of living. Most of the European cities also need to modernise their suburban areas, having been built in the 60s and 70s, the existing building stock often fails to meet today’s inhabitants’ expectations of comfort and quality, at an affordable running cost.
These trends call for widespread affordable solutions which involves multiple stakeholders, at many levels: municipalities, urban planners, architects, developers, collective housing owners and contractors.
Eurogypsum wishes to demonstrate solutions to this challenge, by promoting affordable and modern ways to speedily increase available housing, a better quality and more sustainable living, and an optimised cost of investment. The solutions are based around the transformation of the existing building at a significantly reduced cost when compared to the more radical approach of demolition and redevelopment. They rely on modern, lightweight methods of construction. Good examples already exist in Europe and Eurogypsum wants to share these innovative transformations and architectural practices with EU representatives.