Experiences to face the Housing Crisis at the International Conference on the Right to the City in Barcelona
The Conference analyzed the global and complex nature of the housing crisis with solutions proposed by the civil society movements
The rise of renting, gentrification, expulsion of people from cities, the increase activity of vulture funds were some of the aspects covered at the Conference on the Right to the City. This international gathering organized by HIC together with the Observatorio DESC and the Global Platform for the Right to the City aimed to analyse the causes and solutions to the housing crisis.
The Conference examined that the housing crisis is not an isolated, local or marginal phenomenon but a global challenge that affects cities in both the North and the Global South. In this context, international meeting spaces are more necessary than ever and the meeting in Barcelona served to exchange experiences from Barcelona to Vancouver, Marseille, Paris, Berlin, London and New York. All of them were analysed during the two sessions of the conference that took place on 10 and 17 May.
While the first day aimed to highlight the problem of gentrification and the expulsion of neighbors, the second day focused on mechanisms for regulating rental prices. The first cycle of the International Conference was attended by different experts from New York, Vancouver, London, Marseille and Barcelona. The session served to learn different proposals such as the control of rent prices or the increase the affordable rental housing stock.
The second session highlighted the experiences and mechanisms of rent control in the cities of Paris and Berlin, demonstrating the legal and political difficulties to restrain the financialization of housing. In this regard, it was interesting to note that all participants agreed on the need of market control in order to guarantee the right to housing, but also that this isolated measure would be insufficient.