How is the expansion of the public housing stock in the city of Barcelona being developed, what tools does the City Council have at its disposal to achieve this, what alliances are needed to move forward, what role does innovation play… These are some of the issues that can be seen in the book ‘Gestar-Habitar’, co-published by the Barcelona City Council and the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC), which will soon see the light and whose authors are Caterina Figuerola and Ibon Bilbao.
The new publication will be presented next Friday, March 17 from 17:00 hours, in an event organized by the COAC and the City Council of Barcelona, which will take place precisely in the Assembly Hall of the headquarters of the COAC. All those interested in attending can register for free at this link.
The presentation, moderated by El Periódico’s journalist Analía Plaza, will mainly consist of a round table led by the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, who will share a debate with one of the two authors of the book, Caterina Figuerola, and the dean of the COAC, Guim Costa.
A choral vision of social housing
The significant transformation of the public housing stock in all districts of the city of Barcelona, through the implementation of strategies such as construction, capture and purchase, and the wide diversity of housing typologies that are being promoted are the starting point of the book, which exposes and analyzes the different strategies that the City Council has carried out in recent years to achieve these results.
To do so, the publication gathers several projects that exemplify the maximum number of working methodologies, programs, and innovative proposals, while guaranteeing their architectural quality.
Throughout the pages, moreover, the book becomes a loudspeaker for the different participants who play a role in the gestation and inhabiting, and who express themselves in multiple ways: through drawings, plans, renderings, photographs, reflections, debates, witnesses, among others. An exhibition that, in short, allows us to get to know the broad spectrum of figures involved in the promotion and development of social housing in a city of Barcelona’s dimensions.