Amphis pour Tous - Inhabitants' cooperatives, a sustainable path for housing? Innovating to live differently in our territories

13 October 2020 18:30 - 13 October 2020 19:30

The conference "Co-operatives of Inhabitants, a Sustainable Path for Housing? Innovating to live differently in our territories", presented by Lionel Pancrazio, post-doc at the Centre of research in Law Antoine Favre, Faculty of Lawwill take place on Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 6.30 pm at Le Puls, Pépinière d'entreprises in Annemasse.

It will also be held on :

  • Wednesday 28 October 2020 at 6.30 pm in Thonon-les-Bains
  • Thursday 4 February 2021 at 6pm in Annecy
  • Monday 15 February 2021 at 6pm in Pays de Gex
  • Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 6pm in Chambéry

The conferences will be held subject to the health conditions linked to the Coronovirus (COVID-19) epidemic and in compliance with the safety regulations in force at the event venue.


Housing is at the heart of the sustainable development issue. Together with mobility, it accounts for more than two-thirds of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming. It is often the largest item of household expenditure. The increase in housing prices is a factor of exclusion and a source of imbalance in our societies, particularly in the following areas
areas with high land pressure such as in Savoie or Haute-Savoie, and especially in the Greater Geneva area.

Today there is another way to live: co-operative housing. It involves building better and cheaper housing that is adapted to the changing needs of a sustainable lifestyle. Between the traditional rental and owner-led models, the residents' co-operative could offer the "best of both worlds" and allow for innovation without speculation. It symbolises a third way of access to housing, with virtues and characteristics observed in Switzerland, where it is highly developed, or in France, where it is beginning to emerge.