Housing Transition


Understanding housing stock and the impact of mobility on the housing market


Two thirds of the global population will live in cities by 2050, according to the UN. Virtually all cities struggle with issues relating to housing stock, particularly with issues relating to a mismatch in demand and supply, not only of overall quantity but of the types of housing needed to provide for different demographics.  This frequently results in an increase of social problems. 

About Delft: Delft is a medium-sized city with a population of more than 100.000. Located between The Hague and Rotterdam, it is part of both the Rotterdam–The Hague metropolitan area and the larger Randstad megalopolis. The city of Delft is internationally known for its Delftware, historic importance and technical university – the TU Delft. The structure of the city is characterized by distinct neighbourhoods that were developed during different decades. One can for example find historic areas, like the centuries-old city centre, and areas from the postwar era with many high-rise buildings. The city’s population is equally diverse with different population groups giving distinct demographic character to each neighbourhood.


The city of Delft wants to be and remain attractive for its citizens and businesses. At present, creating liveable and socially strong neighbourhoods is a priority for the municipality. It is the city’s aim to create a balanced housing stock, promote sufficient mobility on the housing market and realise sustainable living areas. Currently we lack the insight to intervene timely using the appropriate interventions needed to restore the balance.

The challenge for the city of Delft will be to effectively align the housing stock with current demand and foster mobility on the housing market. For this, we need insight into the housing market and its current mobility flows or the lack thereof.


Expected Outcomes

  • Continuous insight into housing stock availability and needs, constantly accessible and reflecting both current and historic developments;
  • Identification of indicators that provide reliable insight into housing need, composition of housing stock, outstanding demand etc;
  • A solution that enables geographic differentiation to create clear and diverse neighbourhoods.

Expected Impacts

  • Increased ability to identify possibilities for differentiation in the composition of the housing stock;
  • Increased potential for mobility on the housing market;
  • Increased scores on the local citizen satisfaction survey;
  • Ability to address mismatch between supply and demand.