Infrastructures for sustainable living : modes of production and of housing

Conférence de Cristina Gambao Masdevall, architecte et co-fondateur de Lacol (Barcelone). Conférence, en anglais, ouverte à tous.

  • CONFÉRENCE / Infrastructures for sustainable living: modes of production and of housing
    15.05.19. 16h>20h. Salle 4. ENSAL

Lacol is a cooperative of architects based in Barcelona, that works from architecture toward social transformation, using architecture as a tool to intervene critically in the environments that are closest to us. We believe that the way to transform the city is through the active participation and purposeful action of the people who live in it. Our approach to practice is related to participation (participatory process), bottom-up urbanism, housing policies, architecture and construction, scenography, illustration, etc.

  • 16h > 18h

The first part of the lecture will describe through different projects, Lacol has a tool, as a framework of collective work and multiple approaches to practice, Our evolution (2009-2019,since we were students until now), an organic and erratic process of empowerment and learning, from a political mindset to a strong relation within the neighborhood, and how the different interests had become a singular, plural and common, way to understand architecture. Projects in between and crossed by participation and sociology, self-construction and carpentry, bottom-up urbanism, housing policies, environmental sustainability, scenography or illustration.

  • 18h > 20h

The second part of the lecture will describe the relation between the development process of LaBorda, the first housing cooperative built in Barcelona, and its architectural definition. Once the property is at stake and the focus is on use, the requests for the architecture change. In the case of La Borda, the housing need motivation was also challenged by the transition towards sustainability, in the broadest way possible: political, social, economic and environmental. Also, how this experience had become a pioneer project for the municipality, and cooperative housing model has been introduced in the housing plan of Barcelona with a first open competition for new plots that allowed to think about the replication and iteration of the ideas of LaBorda.