International Seminar: Innovation in Technology and Policy for Affordable Housing

Venue : Hotel Aston City Hall Medan, North Sumatera Indonesia
Date : December 10th – 11th, 2013

Public concern over the affordability of housing has rises. In order to improve the living standards of the people of Indonesia, the government declared its responsibilities stated in the Regulation of The Minister of State Housing Republic of Indonesia No 22/Permen/M/2008 about Minimum Service Standards of the Housing Sector – Provincial And Regional District / City, that the government provides public housing so that people can inhabit the house livable and affordable in a healthy, safety and comfort supported by infrastructures, facilities and public utilities.
This year, the government of Indonesia sets the target to provide 121.000 affordable houses. However, the backlog remains as there is a big gap between the needs and supply. Almost each year, government has failed to fulfill the target. Government always fails to meet the needs of low-cost housing. On the other hand, the number of developers who are keen to build this housing is also limited.
The lack of affordable housing is a significant hardship for the urban low-to moderate income people. The current mechanism for providing affordable housing has not satisfied the needs and the ability to pay. Land acquisition often has problems because land prices tend to go up, so it needs government subsidies to ease the selling price of the home. If the government does not give the state capital participation as a subsidy for the procurement of very-simple, then the poor would be difficult to have a house.
In the provision of appropriate housing, building costs play an important role. Efforts have been made so that these communities have easy access to the housing supply. Currently, many new technologies are made to reduce the cost of construction. The fact that the need for housing increased every year shows that the technology aspect is not enough to help increase the housing supply. Policy is believed to be another important aspect in supporting the fulfillment of the housing needs.

The seminar will provide the opportunity to share the views and experiences from participants regarding the innovations, opinion and best practices to motivate the stakeholders involve in the provision of affordable housing.

Thematic Focus
The major issue of the seminar relates to housing scheme to accelerate the provision of affordable housing, including, but not limited to:
– Innovation in structure, design and material of affordable housing
– Innovation in water, waste and sanitation for affordable housing
– New approach in affordable housing policy and community development

Government bodies, academic institutions, professional associations, practitioners, private sectors, non-governmental organizations and other individuals and organizations that have experiences, ideas or concerns related to affordable housing.

All authors and seminar participants are free of charge for registration, but have to be responsible for the travel costs and accommodation as the committee does not cover them.

The official language is English, especially for the presentations of the papers and discussions.

Date and Venue
Date : December 10th – 11th ,2013
Venue : Grand Aston City Hall Medan
Jl. Balai Kota no 1, Medan
North Sumatera, Indonesia

Call for Papers
The prospective authors should initially submit their abstracts that include: the title, maximum 300 words in English, keywords (maximum five words), and author(s)’ detailed information: name(s), address(es), affiliations, contact number(s), and email accounts. Do not attach pictures or graphs to the abstract.
Each submitted abstract will go through a peer-review process;
Abstracts can be emailed to :
Abstracts received after the deadline will not be further processed;
Accepted papers will be published in the proceeding.

Important dates
Deadline for abstract submission: 18th August 2013
Abstract acceptance notification: 26th August 2013
Deadline for full paper submission: 26th October 2013
Full paper acceptance notification: 2nd November 2013
Deadline for final full paper submission : 16th November 2013

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