The registration process has already been opened for the new edition of the Barcelona Housing and Rehabilitation Forum (FHAR), organised by the Barcelona Municipal Housing and Rehabilitation Institute (IMHAB) and to be held on 23 and 24 November at the Sant Pau Modernist Complex. During these two days, experts in the housing sector will speak about how to enlarge the affordable housing stock. The capacity for this event is limited and registrations must be made on the FHAR website. The sessions will also be streamed.
The FHAR takes place within the series of seminars and conferences promoted by the IMHAB since 2016 to reflect on the future challenges of the sector. During these two days, professionals of the domestic and international housing sectors from the public and private sector and associated with social movements will debate on and accentuate the future of the right to housing in the city, just at the moment when we are overcoming a pandemic that poses new challenges. We will be able to listen to the reflections of the Councillor of Berlin, Florian Schmidt; the head of the European Union office of the International Union of Tenants, Barbara Steenbergen; the head of Housing, Research and Development Policy of the Dublin City Council and director of the Dublin Housing Observatory, Daíthí Downey; the former Councillor of Urban Planning and Housing of Vienna, Maria Vassilakou; one of the main authors of Housing 2030 at the RMIT University, Julie Lawson; and the doctor in anthropology, researcher at La Hidra and member of the Barcelona Union of Tenants, Jaime Palomera; along with Barcelona’s Councillor for Housing and Rehabilitation, Lucía Martín, among others.
The pandemic challenges of urban planning and housing will form one of the principal axes of the FAHR, along with innovation in the public promotion of housing, the commitment to delegated promotion between the public and private sectors, transparency and public data to design evidence-based housing policies, in addition to discussions of the various European models of public policies of access to housing.
The seminar of 23 November will focus on formulas to increase the public rental housing stock. Debate will centre, among other themes, on the urban challenges in times of pandemic, the importance of transparency and data for designing housing policies, and innovation in the public promotion of housing with techniques such as industrialised promotion. The meeting of the 24th will centre on collaboration strategies for increasing the affordable housing stock. The themes will include European models like the European initiative Housing 2030, the initiatives being carried out in the city of Barcelona and the public-private or public-community collaboration agreements.
You will find full information on the speakers and the programme on the website, where you can also register, and the link to follow the streamed conferences.
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