The project “CO-HABITEM Barcelona: five case studies in Ciutat Vella for urban reuse and the promotion of innovative production models” by UPC professors Còssima Cornadó, researcher of the SMART REHABILITATION 3.0 project, Marta Domènech and David López, has been awarded in the 2020 City of Barcelona Scientific Research in Urban Challenges Awards. The objectives of the call were aimed at innovative projects that reconsider, in a globally comprehensive manner, the city model and that serve to address urban challenges in the COVID era.
The “CO-HABITEM” project will be developed in 2021 and proposes an analysis of five underused public facilities to promote innovative production models. The objective is to improve the management of “urban reuse” to facilitate the path towards a city resilient to the temporary needs of citizens. To achieve this goal, the project promotes a new model of city making capable of: mapping underused buildings and spaces; elaborating a reuse index and matching these spaces with different temporary and mixed activities such as start-ups, accommodations, laboratories, artistic residences, etc. In short, to give life to new experimental and innovative centres capable of containing and sharing a wide range of uses.
The award ceremony was held on March 16, at the Barcelona City Council, with the assistance of the Mayor of the city.
Author: Montserrat Bosch (UPC)