The Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation (IMHAB) is taking part in the Barcelona Building Construmat fair with its own stand, offering visitors a close-up look at the APROP homes, an innovative model for quick-build temporary accommodation. The IMHAB stand will be in hall 2, space 79, street F at the fair, from 14 to 17 May. It will feature full-size APROP modules and offer information on other housing projects being carried out in the city.
The APROP Provisional Local Accommodation model offers sustainable quick-build quality accommodation. The stand at the Construmat fair will show the construction system for these homes, which Barcelona City Council is promoting as a means of tackling the issue of local residents being forced out of their homes in the city’s neighbourhoods. The exhibition will also show the three trial projects for the city, as well as what the homes are like inside and outside.
The Barcelona City Council stand will also include a space for other activities presenting innovative housing solutions for Barcelona.
This section at the stand will be hosting ceremonies such as the presentation of the wining team in the BCN-NYC Affordable Housing Challenge, a session on the programme for the renovation of highly complex properties and the presentation of new projects for the public housing stock.
The presentation of the winner of the BCN-BYC Challenge will be on Wednesday 15 May, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm. The ceremony will be moderated by Ana Paola López, member of the i.lab (a body fostering sustainable and social urban innovation). The winning team for the BCN-NYC Affordable Housing Challenge, announced in New York on 14 May, will be explaining their project in Barcelona as part of the Construmat fair.
On Thursday 16 May there’s a press conference from 11 am to 12 noon, where the Metropolitan Housing Observatory (O-HB) will be presenting the latest results of the laboratory on the supply and demand of properties to rent in the Barcelona metropolitan area. The press conference will be given by Carme Trilla, chair of the O-HB, and Beatriz Toribio, director of studies with Fotocasa.
Renovation programme for highly complex properties
The programme for the renovation of highly complex properties will be presented on Thursday 16 May, from 12.30 to 1.30 pm. The City Council has decided to promote this initiative which forms part of the Neighbourhood Plan, a programme aimed at reducing the inequalities that exist in the city.
A study was commissioned to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) to determine which properties have the greatest renovation needs. Technical staff from the City Council visit the buildings and get in touch with local residents to explain how the initiative works and study the state of the property and the needs of its inhabitants.
When the City Council and local residents reach an agreement on the work to be done, subsidies are processed and the renovation project is carried out.
Presentation of new projects for the public housing stock
The IMHAB will be presenting projects for the construction of new public housing on Friday 17 May, from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm, as well as the renovation of an entire building.
The projects being presented at the fair are the big renovation project in Carrer de l’Hospital, with Josep Miàs representing the architects, and the new construction project in Avinguda de la Mare de Déu de Montserrat (on the site next to the former Quirón hospital), with Pau Bajet as the representative. The new building project in Carrer de Veneçuela will also be presented, with Marta Peris and José Toral as its representatives. The session will be moderated by Carles Melero, director of technical services with the IMHAB.