The recognition of key moments of the collective history of Barcelona is essential to understand the current growth of the cooperative movement and the social and solidarity economy. Nowadays, networks of infrastructures (production, energy, culture, housing, care, economy…) have challenged the pre-established protocols of urban transformation, starting with the role of the architect and the political dimension of the discipline. This lecture brings the learnings, experiences, and contradictions from a cooperative architecture in-the-making.
Gabriel Cira and Quilian Riano, part of the Coop Network Group of The Architecture Lobby, acted as respondents and shared the work the collective is doing on the transformative potential of cooperatives for the practice of architecture and for broader society.
George Kafka, “Sustainable building, sustainable living: La Borda, Barcelona by Lacol,” Architects’ Journal, June 23, 2020.
Lacol cop, “Cooperativa de Vivienda La Borda,” T18 Magazine, 33/34 Winter 2020, 130-149.
Stavrides Stavros, “Common Space: The City as Commons,” (London: Zed Books, 2016).
Silvia Federici, “Revolution at Point Zero, Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle,” (San Francisco: PM Press, 2012).
Ethel Baraona Pohl, “Cooperative Housing as a Means More Than an End,” MAS Context, February 18, 2021.
Ethel Baraona Pohl, “Coming together: La Comunal in Barcelona, Spain by Lacol,” The Architectural Review, February 24, 2021.
Gabriel Cira, Peggy Deamer, Ashton Hamm, James Heard, Will Martin, Quilian Riano, Shawhin Roudbari, and Christian Rutherford, “Template for a Cooperative Network of Small Architecture Practices,” MAS Context, August 12, 2020.