THE HOUSE OF IDEAS - housing civic challengE IN BARCELONA
Category: Social Innovation Challenges
Goal: Generate disruptive ideas and projects easing the access to housing in Barcelona through an open innovation process with the participation of the city’s inhabitants.
Motivation: Create and implement new political measures and market and urbanism models to gain control over the current housing access hurdles. R4S and Enviu have managed an open innovation process and platform where Barcelona citizens have become involved in the development of feasible solutions for housing-related issues (i.e. reduce evictions, re-activate the market, ensure access to groups with difficulties, and new models of urbanism).
Impact / Expected impact: Over 900 people have participated in the process. 93 well-developed proposals have been received, of which 10 have been selected by an evaluation commission composed by citizens and thematic experts. The City of Barcelona is currently offering continuity to the proposals selected through different sorts of support (i.e. office space, access to meet and discuss with technical personnel of the city, etc.), aiming to maximize their possibilities of implementation.
Partners: Enviu and Ajuntament de Barcelona (Barcelona City Council)
Execution period: 2012-2013
Web project: The House of Ideas (Spanish and Catalan version)