Barcelona City Council is organising a conference on housing on 24 and 25 October, in collaboration with the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and the Observatory – Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (DESC), during which various experts and professionals will be discussing new phenomena and trends such as building renovations, urban regeneration and cohousing.
The first day of the conference (Monday, 24 October) will be organised into seminars dealing with some of the challenges faced by citizens looking for access to decent housing: factors such as gentrification, the impact of tourism on the city and the present and future situations of the rented housing market.
The first day of the conference will also see the presentation of a Report on Housing in Barcelona for 2013-2016, offering an analysis of the current housing situation in the city and a deep examination of the models used in other European cities, such as Paris and Berlin, where the regulation of the rented housing market is much more evolved.
The second day of the conference (Tuesday, 25 October) will be structured into debates and round tables for discussing today’s new housing challenges: urban renovation and regeneration; the relationship between innovation and architecture and cohousing, among other things.
Each session will also feature a special ‘zero row’ for social entities, housing cooperatives and associated institutions, which will all contribute and help to make for a more in-depth debate. For these sessions, international case studies and experiences will be looked at as a way of comparing successful models, generating ideas and offering solutions which are useful to the current housing reality.
The conference is part of the Architecture Congress 2016, organised by the Catalan Association of Architects (COAC), which has played host to talks, exhibitions, contests and round table sessions for the last six months, with the aim of constructing a shared vision of architecture.
Registration for the City Council’s Housing Conference is free. Anyone wishing to attend should fill in this form.