302. Building Italy for over a century

From humble origins – CMB stands for Cooperativa Braccianti e Muratori, the cooperative of labourers and bricklayers, and Carpi is a small town in Emilia-Romagna – CMB Carpi has grown to become one of Italy’s top ten construction groups, building motorways, hospitals and shopping centres all over the country. The original cooperatives, the Cooperativa Braccianti […]

299. A footstep in the past with an eye to the future – Ko Ng Tapuwae o namata, He Tirohanga ake m App

Te Kaihanga is the Maori word for builder or creator, physical or otherwise. Between the late 1960s and the 1990s, thousands of Maori teenagers came from New Zealand’s North Island to study and work in Christchurch (South Island) under a program run by New Zealand’s now defunct Maori Affairs Department. These teenagers trained for 1-2 […]

260. From squatting to a home

The Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince still lies in ruins after a devastating earthquake which destroyed it in January 2010. Haiti has the largest population of any of the Caribbean nations but equally its people are some of the poorest. It is the poorest nation in the Americas. More than $US2 billion in aid has been […]

258. How to feel at home

In 1644, English jurist Sir Edward Coke was quoted as saying: “For a man’s house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium,” or, one’s home is the safest refuge for all. And so it was for the first members of the HSB Housing cooperatives in Sweden in the early 1900s. They felt as […]

247. Koperativ Lojman Sidès

Haitians are working to provide access to good sturdy housing for everyone two years after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake. “I was one of the lucky ones,” says Joël Jean-Baptiste, a development expert and a leader of a savings and housing co-op in southeastern Haiti. “I didn’’t lose any family, just a […]