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Sestao Berri approaches the concept of 'productive housing' with four days full of activities, presentations and workshops.

  • The seminar opened today in Bilbao and will continue throughout the day and until Friday in Sestao.
  • Under the title 'Perspectives on productive housing', the subject will be approached from various points of view: city and nature, intervening on the built and the domestic.
  • Together with Sestao Berri, it is organised by Sestao Town Council, AVS Gestores Públicos and the University of the Basque Country, within the framework of the Biennial Mugak/.

This week, a seminar will spread out between Bilbao and Sestao with different conferences, lectures and workshops to address the concept of productive housing. The seminar, organised by Sestao Berri, Sestao Town Council, AVS Gestores Públicos and the University of the Basque Country, will take place on 16, 17, 18 and 19 November as part of the Basque Country International Architecture Biennial Mugak/. Under the title 'Perspectives on Productive Housing', activities such as participatory debates, workshops, exhibitions, guided tours and other parallel activities have been organised. 

The central theme is housing and urban rehabilitation, which will be approached from very different perspectives. Specifically, an approach to the concept of city, nature and landscape recovery has been given today after the institutional presentation at the Bizkaia Aretoa in Bilbao. Present there were Pedro Jauregui, Deputy Minister of Housing of the Basque Government; Enrique Bueso, manager and legal advisor of AVS; Ainhoa Basabe, Mayoress of Sestao; Beatriz Zabalondo, Director of AVS; and Ainhoa Basabe, Mayoress of Sestao; Beatriz Zabalondo, director of Euskera and Culture of the Bizkaia Campus of the UPV/EHU; the president of the Bizkaia delegation of the Official Basque-Navarrese Association of Architects (COAVN), Asier Benavides; and the curator of the Mugak/ Biennial, José Ángel Medina.
After the presentation, the first interventions on the concept of productive housing, approached from different points of view, begin with a round table discussion. At the end, the participants will visit the exhibition on the architect Juan Daniel Fullaondo, at the Bizkaia delegation of the COAVN, and then they will take a boat trip along the estuary, from Bilbao to Sestao. There, at the School of Music, the sessions will continue in the afternoon, with a reflection workshop on rehabilitation offices and a colloquium on the support as a life cycle and the recovery of the landscape, led by Miriam García García and Juan Roig.
The conference on Wednesday 17 November will focus on 'Intervening in the built' and will take place entirely in Sestao. European funds, the preparation of integrated urban regeneration and rehabilitation plans and the Urban Agenda, and the monitoring and evaluation of rehabilitation policies will be discussed there, with guests such as the Deputy Minister for Housing of the Basque Government, Pedro Jauregui, and the managing director of Sestao Berri, Luiskar Delgado. The 'Alliance for rehabilitation without leaving anyone behind' will also be presented and there will be a round table to address the financing instruments for rehabilitation. In the afternoon, the activities of the AVS 3R Group will be presented and there will be debates on 'Tools for co-creating spaces in the city' and 'Reforming neighbourhoods, something more than a house', with prominent speakers such as Izaskun Chinchilla and Carlos Gor.
Under the title 'The Domestic', the cycle will continue on Thursday 18 November, also in Sestao, with the talk 'Workers' Housing Project', by the president of the Basque Association of Industrial Heritage and Public Works, Javier Puertas, and the presentation of the work process of the Tipi Workshop 'Inhabiting the future: imagine (re)productive housing'. Another three presentations and a round table will make up the day's programme, with a line-up of speakers including Bonell Doriga, Bet Capdeferro and the Husos Platform. The latter will be completed simultaneously with an open-air popular cinema session in the Plaza de los Tres Concejos, in which a selection of films from the 'Lan Festival Audiovisual Obrero' competition will be screened.
The last day will take place online on Friday 19 November. There will be a balance of the cycle and the conclusions will be presented. The closing session will focus on 'New Bauhaus, making the useful beautiful', by the Director General of the Urban Agenda and Architecture of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda of the Spanish Government, Iñaqui Carnicero.

The Programme is being prepared