Organized by CIDOB, an
independent and plural think tank based in Barcelona
The right to the city is a political flag that has been
claimed for several decades by civil society in different regional contexts (especially
in Latin America). It advocates for a new urban paradigm based on the
principles of social and spatial justice, equality, democracy and
sustainability. After decades of mobilizing civil society, the narrative has
attracted the interest of other actors, such as central and local governments,
city networks and multilateral organizations such as the United Nations.
It has even been recognised in the New Urban Agenda (Habitat
III). What does the right to the city translate into? Is it a political demand
that expresses the utopia of certain urban groups that want another possible
city? Or is it a programmatic instrument that allows us to move towards
fundamental transformations for a change in the current urban model?