The Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) and the Municipal Housing Trust (PMHB) have signed a collaborative agreement to promote ongoing projects in an academic context. The exhibition ‘Qüestions d’habitatge’ [Housing questions] details ten projects being carried out in the city and five housing tenders in the Bon Pastor neighbourhood, all of them social housing projects.
In order to familiarise the academic world with the architecture of social housing currently being built in the city and at the same time generate debate, the ETSAB and City Council are organising an exhibition of different projects by the PMHB. The exhibition, inaugurated on 18 April, is on in the foyer of the Barcelona School of Architecture until the end of May.
The exhibition shows ten social housing projects currently under way in the city, as well as five projects tendered for social housing in the Bon Pastor neighbourhood. In the case of the latter, the work of the finalists and the winner is on display.
Along with the exhibition, on 27 April students at ETSAB were able to take part in talks and round table sessions explaining the projects and debates on the architectural aspects of the housing projects.
The need to boosting social housing
City Council policy calls for an essential boost for social housing in Barcelona. At present, protected housing accounts for just 1.5% of city homes, a very different figure to the 50% in Vienna and the 30% in cities such as Berlin and Paris. The PMHB manages 6,000 social homes and the aim is to progressively increase this figure.