Cristina Gamboa Masdevall

Lacol Cooperative, Spain

Lacol is a non-profit cooperative of work co-founded by 14 architects in 2009, based in the neighborhood of Sants, Barcelona. Their activity is based on a horizontal system of labor, which embraces Architecture, Urbanism, Housing policies and Participatory processes, blurring the limits of the different disciplines to define a cross-sectional approach. Their collective work has been recognized and exhibited locally and internationally, including the Mies van der Rohe Award (Emergent Category, 2022), Moira Gemmill Prize (WomenAward by ArchitecturalReview, 2021), and the Venice Biennale of Architecture ‘How will we live together?’ (2021), among others.

Cristina Gamboa is a chartered architect and teacher. She studied at ETSAB, and University of Stuttgart. Cristina is co-founder of Lacol, where she has focused on developing cooperative housing projects. She currently teaches at AA (MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design – Projective Cities), and ETSAB (DPA PIII_IV Contemporary Collective Housing, Associate Professor).

About the lecture:
Lacol aims to generate community infrastructures for the sustainability of life, as a key tool for the urgent eco-social transition. The lecture will introduce this mission and vision through a series of projects and initiatives where architecture, social economy and participation play a role together.

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