Housing in Barcelona: New Agents for New Policies

  • David Hernandez Falagan ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture
  • Josep Maria Montaner ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture

Abstract

Over the last three decades Josep Maria Montaner played a key role as an educator in the prestigious Barcelona School of Architecture. Together with Zaida Muxí he initiated the Housing Laboratory of the Twenty-First Century, an advanced master’s programme held at that institution for more than a decade. In 2015, Montaner moved from the world of academia to politics, starting his tenure as housing councillor in the cabinet of Ada Colau, herself a housing activist who became mayor of Barcelona. In this interview, conducted by David H. Falagán, Montaner highlights the crucial importance of aligning housing policies, housing design, and citizens’ participation as a strategy to combat the housing crisis triggered by the dominant neoliberal system.

Author Biographies

David Hernandez Falagan, ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture

David H. Falagán holds a PhD in theory and history of architecture. He works as an Associate Professor at ETSAB – Barcelona School of Architecture / Polytechnic University of Catalunya and at Massana School of Arts and Design in Barcelona. 

Josep Maria Montaner, ETSAB Barcelona School of Architecture

Josep María Montaner is a professor of Theory of Architecture at ETSAB – Barcelona School of Architecture / Polytechnic University of Catalunya. Since June 2015, he works as housing city councillor in Barcelona and is deputy in Sant Martí district.

How to Cite
HERNANDEZ FALAGAN, David; MONTANER, Josep Maria. Housing in Barcelona. FOOTPRINT, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 1, p. 153-160, july 2019. ISSN 1875-1490. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/index.php/footprint/article/view/3365>. Date accessed: 16 july 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/footprint.13.1.3365.
Published
2019-07-03