On March 19, 20 and 21, the Barcelona Housing and Renovation Forum (FHAR) will take place at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA). The forum is an initiative of the Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation (IMHAB) of the Barcelona City Council that aims to bring together professionals in the sector, both public and private, in order to discuss, develop and evaluate the future of housing law in the city.
The FHAR is the first Barcelona Housing and Renovation Forum and forms part of a series of conferences that the IMHAB has been promoting since 2016 to reflect on the future challenges of the sector.
Debates with national and international experts
The Barcelona Housing and Renovation Forum will have experts among its participants, from administrations throughout the country and from international locations, as well as professionals from private organisations around the world linked to social and academic movements. All of them will contribute their knowledge and experience to address future challenges and give answers to the current situation.
Among the international participants whose presence is already confirmed is Zaida Muxí, architect and author of ‘Women, Homes and Cities’; Joaquin de Santos, member of the Community Land Trust Bruzelles (CLTB) and Sustainable Housing for Inclusive and Cohesive Cities (SHICC); Bojan Schnabl, Coordinator of the EUUA Housing Partnership; and Reiner Wild, Executive Director of the Mieterverein Berlin, among others.
In addition, the FHAR will also have the participation of experts from Catalonia and the rest of the country, such as Carme Trilla, president of the Metropolitan Observatory of Housing of Barcelona; Mario Yoldi, Director of Housing of the Basque government and promoter of the Basque Housing Observatory; and Gaspar Mayor, manager of the Municipal Housing Trust of Alicante, among others.
The conference will start on Tuesday March 19 with a discussion about global challenges and local solutions in regard to the right to housing between Raquel Rolnik, architect and ex-relator of the United Nations for housing, and Josep Maria Montaner, Councillor for Housing and Renovation for the City Council of Barcelona.
The forum programme will be organised based on the following thematic axes: Create and rethink the affordable housing offer, plan housing policies, respond to emergencies, co-produce with other agents, and regulate the market. It will hold several round tables, as well as the presentation of new public housing projects.
Valuing the most innovative housing policies
One of the objectives of the FHAR will be to reflect on the key milestones achieved in housing and highlight the most innovative policies that are being promoted by the Barcelona City Council, as well as identifying future lines of work.
Housing is a basic human right that contributes to social integration and quality of life. Housing policies are a priority in the social policies that the Barcelona City Council promotes in an integrated way in the city.