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Housing and Urbanism in Barcelona

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Robert Wiener

Since 1981, Dr. Robert Wiener has been the Director of the California Coalition for Rural Housing.  In addition, he is a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches courses on Housing and Social Policy in the U.S. Wiener has published works in four books. His honors include: “Distinguished Educator” (2004), “Inspirational Nonprofit Housing Leader of the Year” (2006), “Housing Hero” (2006), “Lecturer of the Year” (2011, 2013), and “Rural Organization of the Year” (2013).

A Message to Students and Parents

"I have spent a professional lifetime, more than 40 years, working on policies and programs to help low-income families and individuals achieve decent and affordable homes.  That derives, in part, from growing up in public housing and being inspired by the civil rights, anti-war, and other movements that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s.  My first exposure to Barcelona was watching the 1992 Olympics when I developed a mental image of a beautiful, vibrant city.  That was confirmed when I was invited in 2002 by the Gaspar de Portola Catalonia-California Academic Exchange Program to lecture on U.S. affordable housing and meet colleagues working on regenerating housing in older low-income and immigrant neighborhoods.  I have since been to Barcelona 10 times and have an abiding love for the city’s history, cityscape, and people."