Urban Alternatives is launched by a collaboration of different actors which are united in their efforts to create a more democratic, just and sustainable world. This map seeks to highlight initiatives that work towards this goal. Proposal for initiatives not listed yet can be made directly on the website. This process is open to new collaborations.


La Borda

Inclusive Housing & Public Space

La Borda housing cooperative is one of several projects to give a social use to the former industrial site of Can Batlló, Barcelona, specifically to create an affordable and democratic cooperative housing scheme. In 2011 the transformation of the site was still blocked, so Sants and La Bordeta neighbours entered the site and occupied the Bloc 11 building. A participatory process was initiated to define the uses and projects the neighborhood wanted for Can Batlló. By developing an affordable housing cooperative La Borda has pioneered the introduction of an alternative cooperative housing model in Barcelona. This has been achieved by using a long-term leasehold to access the land and a grant of use (cessió d'ús) to allocate the apartments to its members, and by engaging its members throughout the development process.

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