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The CAH-ATRI proposal wins the affordable housing challenge BCN-NYC



The joint CAH-ATRI proposal has won the international BCN-NYC Affordable Housing Challenge organized by the i.lab program of the offices of the Commissioner for Technology and Digital Innovation and the Councilor for Housing and Renovation of the Barcelona City Council and the City Council of Nueva York. The winner was presented today at Smart Cities New York.

This proposal is the result of the collaboration between the project "Constructive affordable housing system" of the National University of Colombia and the project "Innovation for social inclusion" of Straddle 3 Barcelona.

It is an approach based on urban densification, taking advantage of the empty spaces that can still be found in the urban fabric. It is about the rehabilitation of existing buildings and the realization of new constructions, without affecting the land, using new construction techniques that are economical, light, adaptable and quick to carry out. The construction proposal also allows the construction of housings suspended in the air, with little support on the ground, and even rehabilitate deteriorated or underused parts of the city, such as highways, ports and transport stations. Pilot projects in Barcelona and New York The winning proposal in the international BCN-NYC Affordable Housing Challenge was chosen from 54 projects from 16 countries around the world.

At the Barcelona Housing Forum in March, three finalists were announced, selected from among them 54, and the city councils of Barcelona and New York finally decided to award the award to the CAH-ATRI proposal.

The proposal will receive a cash prize of $ 40,000 to carry out two pilot projects, one in Barcelona and one in New York. In addition, the winning team will have the opportunity to meet important municipal managers of housing and technology from Barcelona and New York, as well as gain international recognition and visibility.


Technological solutions for more affordable housing

The objective pursued and shared by New York and Barcelona in proposing this challenge is to find innovative solutions, tools and technologies that allow cutting the time and costs of construction and rehabilitation in dense urban areas, in order to make housing more affordable for all . The lack of adequate and affordable housing is a challenge that has a negative impact on social inclusion, equality, health and well-being, as well as sustainability. Both Barcelona and New York are committed to facing this challenge head-on, as is evident in the Declaration of Local Governments for the Right to Housing and the Right to the City” "Declaración de los Gobiernos Locales por el Derecho a la Vivienda y el Derecho a la Ciudadthat both cities led.

The BCN-NYC Affordable Housing Challenge initiative is also part of the European IUC project (Proyecto Europeo IUC), through which the Barcelona and NYC housing teams have been exchanging experiences for some months.



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