If the Market and the State Cannot Provide Affordable, Sustainable Housing in Australia, Perhaps ‘Housing for Degrowth’ Can.

Having access to adequate housing is a human need and human right. Everyone deserves to have a home. In Australia, residential buildings are provided either by the market as private housing or by the state as social housing. Yet, modest income households are falling into a gap between them. Furthermore, housing stock does not meet … Continue reading If the Market and the State Cannot Provide Affordable, Sustainable Housing in Australia, Perhaps ‘Housing for Degrowth’ Can.

The Architecture of Degrowth

A thesis by Connolly Wilkins for a Master of Architecture at the University of Sydney explores a possible socio-ecological approach to the climate crisis through the elements of degrowth design parameters. It proposes a housing scheme on the site of the abandoned White Bay Power Station in Roselle, Sydney, Australia. Abstract: The Architecture of Degrowth … Continue reading The Architecture of Degrowth

Dépense: What Is It?

Finding an effective solution to the environmental and social crises has been stymied by a lack of politically desirable, alternative social models. This has led to decades of incrementalism that has only exacerbated the challenges. Over the last five years or so, degrowth has appeared at the periphery of the mainstream as an emerging credible … Continue reading Dépense: What Is It?

Underland by Robert Macfarlane

In this first ever guest post for Heliocene, New Zealand writer Frances Palmer presents a deeply inquisitive review of Underland by Robert Macfarlane. Reaching into its text and its subtexts, she compels us not only to read the book but, more importantly, to understand why it has been written. Macfarlane, himself, writes that his book … Continue reading Underland by Robert Macfarlane

Women’s Work: What’s It Worth?

Morocco footballers celebrated their World Cup successes first with their mums, recognising the daily support their mothers give them. This is analogous to the whole economy, momentarily giving visibility to the fact that women everywhere bear the burden of care work. The economy doesn't only consist of goods and services that are traded. The economy … Continue reading Women’s Work: What’s It Worth?

Degrowth and Labour Solidarity

Political geography professor Matthew Huber argues that degrowth is middle class environmentalism and cannot hope to connect with the working class. Degrowth intellectual Jason Hickel responds, echoing environmentalist Chico Mendes, who said that "ecology without class struggle is just gardening". He writes that “degrowth is justice” and that recognising this is “part of building class … Continue reading Degrowth and Labour Solidarity