Andy Reeve is Co-founder and Director of Urban Economics at Impact Hub Birmingham and is a relative newcomer to the world of social enterprise. After stints working for an advertising agency and then the West Midlands Police, Andy is now focused on using his skills in data and geospatial analysis to address some of the bigger challenges Birmingham faces.
With a specific focus on Housing and the built environment, he is currently exploring the ways in which new building technologies, new data sources and new forms of organising can have a direct impact on the housing crisis. In partnership with Geovation, Ordnance Survey, Land Registry and Birmingham City Council, Andy is leading on the DemoDev project which is exploring how to unlock underused land and turn it into open designed, sustainable, adaptable homes.
"By approaching the housing crisis in a holistic manner there lies the opportunity to create a whole new system: from land identification and planning approval to home design and ultimate construction. Utilising existing statute powers through Community Land Trusts and the power of open data, open design and self construction we can create an innovative solution to the housing crisis.
But this is just the start and we know it’s not the whole solution. Whilst giving people the tools and opportunities to build their own communities we also need to give them the support, guidance and trust not currently afforded to self builders. And it’s not a debate between top down or bottom up approaches. Some of this new way of developing will have to come from a city level with strong city leadership and some of will grow from a community level as innovative ideas are grown and improved. Bet let’s start having the conversation to imagine what future we want to develop."