Hi ho, hi ho: it’s off to work I go

What an unusual concept! Read more about this project that my blogger friend has the privilege of working on at http://bit.ly/1NC88Rb “Social housing” BTW is the British term for low-rent or subsidized housing. Quite a contract to our “projects” here in the United States.

A new life in Lille

I can’t believe my luck. I’ve taken on responsibility for my company’s international relations and will be making frequent trips to Paris. I should pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.

The only thing that could make my happiness complete would be a pay rise.

This has all come out of my work trip to Paris in July. Together with my director and chief executive, I went to see the city’s largest housing association, Paris-Habitat. They own more than 120,000 homes in the French capital.

They showed us some rather ambitious new homes they are building, including a ‘tower of biodiversity’ (pictured), on the Avenue de France in the 13th arrondissement. It’s very different from the sort of homes we build in London for social housing.

It was clear from that last visit that we could learn some things from them – and that they could learn from…

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