Published: Cooperatives Offer Innovative Option to Solve the Affordable Housing Shortage

January 22, 2020 Aeron Hodges

A new twist on housing cooperatives in Barcelona offers residents the security of a long-term, low-cost home on land leased from the city

 

In an article for Banker & Tradesman, Aeron Hodges explores the La Borda project in Barcelona, which began a few years ago when the city moved ahead with redevelopment of a textile factory near mass transit. Architect Carles Baiges worked with the government to secure a site with a 75-year land lease and together with other residents, developed a 28-unit building for themselves to live in that rents at a fraction of average costs in the city.

Built using modular cross-laminated timber, which is aesthetically pleasing, quick to assemble, and more sustainable than conventional building materials, La Borda’s units are organized around a courtyard accessed from open corridors. Residents have the security of a long-term, low-cost home, while the city’s land lease effectively prevents housing speculation.

 

Image Credit: Lluc Miralles

 

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Aeron Hodges

Aeron Hodges is an architect in our Boston, Massachusetts, office and leader of the WHAT’S IN initiative. Aeron believes that all architects are an integral part of that, whether they’re working on buildings, infrastructure, public art, or even social policy—each is intricately connected.

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