Barcelona: Housing crisis and urban activism

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Co-housing is an emerging housing form in Spain, where many pioneering initiatives are found in Catalonia and the Barcelona area. Using the La Borda project as a recurring illustration, but also drawing on other examples and developments, the chapter seeks to contextualize this nascent but noticeable interest in co-housing in and around Barcelona. Starting at the scale of the crisis-ridden Spanish housing system, the chapter gradually zooms in on co-housing at the scale of Catalonia, Barcelona, neighbourhoods and, eventually, the La Borda project. While still embryonic, co-housing activism in the Barcelona area is generally characterized by a high degree of urban-political commitment and organization, and the chapter suggests that emerging experiences in Barcelona can serve as inspiration for those who want co-housing to evolve into a more sustainable housing form.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Human Geography
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Co-housing in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Sustainable Cities?
EditorsPernilla Hagbert, Henrik Gutzon Larsen, Håkan Thörn, Cathrin Wasshede
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-429-45017-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-32591-3
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication categoryResearch

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