Side Event at H3 in Barcelona: Reclaiming Spaces from Corporate Landlords and Financialized Markets

Side Event at the Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Public Spaces
Monday, April 4, 8:00  – 9:30  a.m. , Historic Building of the University of Barcelona

While communities, social organizations, municipalities and governments are still struggling with the consequences of the 2008 crash, the influence of transnational financial markets, big corporate landlords and private developers on our livelihoods is still increasing. People and cities are struggling with unaffordable rents and property prices, with condo-conversions and evictions, with speculation and gentrification, with disinvestments, privatizations and destructions of urban heritage. The group who wrote the open letter “Make social regulation of real estate markets an issue at Habitat III !” will present concrete experiences, cases and demands.

Knut Unger, Ruhr Tenant Forum / Habitat Net, Germany
Santi Mas de Xaxàs Faus, Spokesman for the Platform for People Affected by Mortgages (PAH), Spain
Benoit Filippi, Association des Comités de Défense des Locataires (ACDL), Paris
and others…

Organizer: Habitat Net Germany & International Working Group for the Promotion of Market Regulation and Market Alternatives at Habitat II

Monday, April 4, 8:00  – 9:30  a.m.

Seminary Main Room, Unversity of Barcelona, Historic Building of the University of Barcelona