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28 April 2021

The Collective Metropolis

“Barcelona Tomorrow” First session

© Ajuntament de Barcelona, 2021

What are the essential elements for creating a collective metropolis? In this first session of the "Barcelona Demà" ("Barcelona Tomorrow") process, we will discuss the need to construct a connected, accessible, and inclusive metropolis.

How can the right to housing be preserved in a situation where the market is ever more voracious in a complex economic and social context? What role do community networks, both in-person and digital, play in guaranteeing social equity? What should a truly universal public transport network look like?

Barcelona, now in the process of becoming a great metropolitan region of five million inhabitants, is presently facing crucial challenges that directly and immediately affect the wellbeing of its citizens as well as threatening the so-called “right to the city”. If this is to be guaranteed, it is necessary to uphold a city in which notions like care, collaboration, social and territorial integration, and cooperativism become everyday practices.

This first session of the participatory process Barcelona Tomorrow, which is organised by the Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan, curated by Teresa Bermúdez and Benet Fusté, and coordinated by Marc Garcia, consists of three panel discussions with local and international experts, and will conclude with a dialogue moderated by the university panel

9 – 10.45 a.m.
Housing and Recognition of Rights

09.00 – 09.10: Welcome words
09.10 – 09.50: Sorcha Edwards, Secretary-General of Housing Europe

09.30 - 10.45: Debate

Javier BurónHousing Policy, Barcelona City Council
Ferran BusquetsArrels Foundation
Maria CampuzanoAlliance against Energy Poverty
Donato Muñozmanaging director of the real-estate agency CEVASA

Moderator: Eva Arderius, Betevé


12 noon – 1.45 p.m.
Territorial Integration and Balance

12 – 12.30: Oriol Nel.loprofessor of Geography at UAB and chair of the Advisory Board of the Pla de Barris (Borough Plan) of Barcelona

12.30 – 1.45: Debate

Felip Pich Aguilera
architect and co-founder of Picharchitects/Pich-Aguilera
Imma Moraledaadvisor on transversal development of the EDUSI programme, Plan for City Investment and Projects of the Santa Coloma de Gramenet Council
Joan Herasmember of Carrers per a Tothom (Streets for Everyone)
Núria Colomémember of the Celobert cooperative

Moderator: Gemma Tramullas, El Periódico

3.30 – 5.15 p.m.
Social Equity in Changing Contexts

3.30 – 4.30: Debate

Sara VilardellSurt Foundation
Sara Moreno Colomlecturer in Sociology at the UAB, and researcher at the Centre for Sociological Studies on Everyday Life and Work
Itziar Ruedashead of Equality Policies at PIMEC
Carmen Juareshead of New Realities of Work and Precariousness at CCOO

Moderator: Alaadine Azzouzi, La Directa and Crític

4:30h - 5:15h: Hilary CottamHonorary Professor at the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)


6.00 - 7.30
Dialogues of the Future: Housing in 2030. With

Zaida MuxíPhD in Architecture – ETSAB-UPC
Irene Escorihueladirector of DESC Observatory

Moderator: Olympia Arango,



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