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FHAR 2022: strategies to fight gentrification

The Barcelona Housing and Rehabilitation Forum (FHAR) is an initiative of the Municipal Institute of Housing and Renovation (IMHAB) run by Barcelona City Council, which aims to bring together professionals from the public and private sector to debate, work and highlight the future of the right to housing in the city.

The third edition will take place on 28th and 29th November at the Palo Alto Barcelona venue, in the middle of Poblenou, and will once again feature a double day focused on professionals, activists, researchers, workers in the sector and anyone interested in this field.

Real estate speculation and the eviction of residents due to neighbourhood gentrification are contributing to increased social inequality and poverty in a society that still hasn’t recovered from the housing crash of 2008. When it rains it pours. The lack of public housing along with the various social and economic crises make it absolutely essential to have a global strategy to guarantee the right to housing.

In order to suggest strategies to tackle gentrification, the third FHAR will first look at the need to expand the stock of affordable housing, exploring innovative building systems to speed up construction times and reduce the buildings’ ecological footprint. In the second block, the forum will explore rent-control systems used around Europe and debate how they could fight speculation and gentrification in the free market. Finally, the second day will deal with refurbishing the existing housing stock in line with social and environmental criteria, focusing on the European Next Generation recovery funds.

Each of these blocks will include panel discussions and conferences featuring local and international speakers. There will also be trips to get a first-hand look at some projects in the city.

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