November 28, 2021

The single-family house, an “ecological nonsense”? Words of Emmanuelle Wargon are controversial

By with AFP

The Minister for Housing said Thursday that the “dream” of a detached house for each led “to a dead end”. Faced with the controversy, she backpedaled on Friday

Emmanuelle Wargon regretted Friday “the caricature made of her remarks” on individual houses, which provoked strong reactions among construction professionals. Thursday, in a speech, the Minister for Housing declared that individual houses, “this dream built for the French in the 70s”, “this model of urbanization which depends on the car to connect them”, are a ” ecological, economic and social nonsense ”.

“The model of the pavilion with garden is not sustainable and leads us to a dead end”, according to comments reported by several media. Following this speech, the Habitat pole of the French Building Federation (FFB) “deplored the persistent stigmatization of individual housing, contrary to the aspirations of the French”, while the Federation of individual home builders said “Revolted against such remarks made by a Parisian elite called ecological and yet very far from the territories, the inhabitants and their concerns”.

Emmanuelle Wargon.


“Rethinking our models”

In a press release Friday evening, the Ministry of Ecological Transition affirms that “Emmanuelle Wargon said it very clearly: there is no question of ending the single-family house. She regrets the caricature of her words, which does not reflect the content of her speech ”.

“Yes, many French people dream of an individual house because it is a promise of comfort, space and tranquility. No one wants to prevent or dissuade them from doing so. They are also in demand for local services. However, housing estates on the outskirts of cities do not always provide access to these services and contribute to a feeling of exclusion. We must therefore rethink our urban planning models, ”he said.

The operation “Living in the France of tomorrow” aims to “highlight other housing models, more sustainable and more pleasant to live in”. He affirms that “individual houses all have their place in these new models”.