The future of the right to housing, debated
The Barcelona Housing and Renovation Forum (FHAR) is an initiative of the Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation (IMHAB) of the Barcelona City Council, organised with the aim of bringing together professionals from the sector, both public and private, to discuss, develop and evaluate the future of housing rights in the city.
It was held between March 19 and 21, 2019 at the Barcelona Contemporary Art Museum (MABCA) and saw the participation of more than forty experts from administrations from throughout the State and internationally, as well as private sector professionals from around the world who are linked to social and academic movements. For three days, they all put forth their ideas and proposals for facing future challenges and providing solutions to the current situation.
The FHAR programme was organised around five main themes: planning of housing policies; creating and rethinking affordable housing, responding to the emergency, co-producing with other agents, and regulating the market.
The FHAR is the first Housing and Renovation Forum in Barcelona and is part of a series of conferences that the IMHAB has been promoting since 2016 to reflect on the future challenges of the sector.
Raquel Rolnik, lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo
Josep Maria Montaner, councillor for Housing and Renovation, Barcelona City Council.
Cristina Fallarás, journalist and writer
Carme Trilla, president of the Barcelona Metropolitan Housing Observatory
Mario Yoldi, director of Planning and Operative Processes in Housing of the Basque regional government.
Beatriz Toribio, Director of Studies of Fotocasa
Javier Martin Ramiro, Director-General of Architecture, Housing and Land at the Spanish Ministry of Public Works
Judith Gifreu, director of the Catalan Housing Agency
Javier Burón, manager of Housing and Renovation, Barcelona City Council.
Irene Peiró, journalist
- Elastic Living
- Everyday life Housing Networks
Anna Majó, director of Digital Innovation, Barcelona City Council
Eduard Cabré, coordinator of International Relations from the Barcelona Housing and Renovation Department
Gaspar Mayor, manager of the Municipal Housing Trust of Alicante
Zaida Muxí, architect and author of the book ‘Women, Houses and Cities’
Ana Fernández, architect at Cohousing Lab.
Moderator: Laia Grau, architect and urbanist
Work in progress. Presentation of six new-build projects and public housing renovation projects in Barcelona
Presented by their architects
Joan Carles Melero, director of Tecnical Services at the IMHAB
Judith Cobacho, from SIPHO and Associació Vincle
Lucía Delgado, PAH Barcelona spokesperson
Fernando Díaz, representing Càritas
Maria Assumpció Vilà, Ombudsman service of Barcelona
Ricard Fernández, manager of Social Rights at Barcelona City Council
Gerald Koessl, Austrian Federation of Limited Profit Housing Associations.
Anna Gener, president of Aguirre Newman
Joaquin de Santos, manager of the European project Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (SHICC) in the Community Land Trust Bruxelles (CLTB)
Maria Antònia Garcías Roig, manager of the Institute of Housing of the Balearic Islands (IBAVI)
Vanesa Valiño,Head of the Councillor’s Office for Housing and Renovation, Barcelona City Council
Mara Ferreri, post-doctoral researcher at the IGOP (UAB)
David Bravo, architect and consultant at Barcelona City Council
Rui Neves Bochmann Franco, councillor for Housing and Local Development from Lisbon City Council
Núria Benach, Professor of Geography at the UB and a member of Espais Crítics
The census of empty houses, by Fuentsanta Alcalá, director of Housing Discipline of the IMHAB
Santa Coloma de Gramenet case study, by Joan Manel González, municipal architect in Santa Coloma de Gramenet
The renovation aid and the Barcelona Observatory for Architectural Restoration, by Núria Pedrals, architect
Josep Casas, architect and co-director of the post-graduate programme in Housing Policies (COAC)
Bojan Schnabl, member of the Housing Research Unit of the Vienna City Council
Reiner Wild, executive director of Mieterverein Berlin
Jaime Palomera, spokesperson of the Barcelona Tenants Union
Elga Molina, PhD in law and a senior lecturer in Civil Law at the URV
Cristina Fallarás, journalist and writer