A welcome party for cooperative housing
In order to explain the co-housing model to citizens and present the state of the different developments that are being promoted, the Barcelona City Council held the first Co-housing Meeting on September 29, 2018. At this event, which was open to the public, the various entities involved in co-housing in the city, such as neighbourhood cooperatives, ethical and cooperative finance organisations, and City Council representatives, participated.
Co-housing is a non-speculative model that is helping to expand affordable housing. It consists of the cession, by means of a municipal call, of a disused building or plot to a neighbourhood cooperative that wishes to develop it.
Community members can live in the building for a period of 75 years, paying a fee that is lower than the market price, but they will never be the owners: the property belongs to the cooperative and the land remains under public ownership. This prevents housing speculation.
Co-housing also implies a somewhat communal life: from the start of the project, the cooperative makes decisions in a participatory way. In addition, the model includes a way of co-existing that is based on building a mutually supportive community and the use of community spaces.
Co-housing Meeting 2018
Summary of the first Co-housing Meeting (held on September 29, 2018) in which the Barcelona City Council presented its co-housing model as an option for promoting affordable housing.
The meeting took place in the plot at Calle Espronceda 131-135, in the Poblenou neighbourhood, where one of the four cooperative housing developments will be built as the result of a public tender organised by the City Council to build cooperative housing on municipal plots.
Co-housing as a model
Discussion about co-housing between several experts in the sector, during the Co-housing Meeting 2018
Arnau Andrés, La Dinamo Foundation
- Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor of the Barcelona City Council
- Josep Maria Montaner, Councillor for Housing and Renovation of the Barcelona City Council
- Lluc Pol Bonnín, IBAVI technician
- Lara Fuster, IBAVI technician
- Carles Oliver, IBAVI technician