GLOBAL DWELLING | 25-26 September 2014

School of Architecture La Salle, Barcelona

This conference will address the global dimension of contemporary housing as manifested in the demands for citizens’ participation, social inclusiveness, adaptability and sustainability of the built environment and fostering a sense of belonging. Even though the specific answers to these demands differ in each society the underlying forces that support them have a global dimension. An appropriate answer will not derive exclusively from the solutions that professionals – architects, urban planners – can provide based on their established body of knowledge. Rather, it is necessary to confront those demands in an open manner, investigating the nature of the problem in collaboration with all stakeholders involved, in order to find the appropriate answer to the challenges that dwelling raises today.

Therefore, the conference will bring together representatives of academic institutions, research organizations, community groups and local authorities, with the purpose to fostering a common view of what housing means today, at a global scale.

OPEN CALL FOR POSTERS: A poster exhibition is included in the progamme. If you would like to present a poster, please contact us. The deadline to receive the final version of the paper (in A0 format) is July 31, 2014.​


Keynote speakers
Claire Lévy-Vroelant is a professor of Sociology at the University of Paris 8 Saint-Denis, France, and researcher at the Centre de Recherche sur l’Habitat. Since 2006, she has been guest professor at the University of Vienna. Her work intersects the fields of Urbanism, Migration, Housing, and more recently Memory Studies to deal with questions concerning housing policies and social issues in a globalizing context. Currently, her research work focuses on the meanings of hospitality and collective memory. After having been a member of the coordination committee of the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) from 2006 to 2012, she is now co-chairing a permanent ENHR working group on “Social housing and globalization”. She is member of several international editorial boards and director of the collection “Habitat and Sociétés”, L’Harmattan, Paris. Recently, she has co-authored the book “Lieux de mémoire de l’immigration”, a study about the living places of immigrants in Paris.
Ekim Tan is the founder of the city design and research network “The Responsive City”. She is an experienced researcher and designer of international urban design projects. She has worked with Rotterdam-based offices Urban Affairs and De Urbanisten, as well as with Dutch municipalities and urban design offices in projects such as creating city vision 2035 for Rotterdam, Veenkolonien in Groningen, Homeruskwartier and Almere. She has been regularly teaching and lecturing worldwide. Ekim graduated as an architect at Middle East Technical University with the Archiprix Award in 1999, and got her second degree in Urbanism at TU Delft, with distinctions, in 2005. Currently, she is completing her PhD studies at TU Delft and the International New Towns Institute.

The conference program includes 19 presentations by representatives coming from 25 countries worldwide which will address the following topics: changing meanings of home, housing policies, energy efficiency in housing, social sustainability, affordable housing, community participation, housing design education, sustainable housing, and urban renewal.

The conference will take place at the premises of the School of Architecture La Salle, Quatre Camins 2, Barcelona, Spain.

The participation in this conference is free of charge. If you are interested to attend, please write to

The papers presented at the conference will be collected in a digital publication which will be available in the project website.