08:30 h Handing out of documentation.

09:00 h  Official inauguration. Welcome and convention presentation.

09:15 h Paper Workers’ villages and factory towns, a report and outlooks, by Gràcia Dorel-Ferré (APIC Champagne-Ardenne, France).

10:00 h Paper Factory cities: from planning to non-planning… or the opposite?, by Simon Edelblutte (Université de Lorraine, France).

10:40 h Coffee break.

11:00 h Paper Saint-Gobain, Chauny and Thourotte: labourer homes dedicated to glassmaking, by Fabienne Bliaux (Archives départamentales de l’Aisne, France).

11:40 h  Paper Rehabilitating HBM neighbourhoods (cheap housing) in France. The case of Normandy, by Jean Bernard Cremnitzer (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Normandie, France).

12:30 h  Presentation and reading of communications | BLOCK 1: Catalan industrial colonies

  • 12:30 h Industrial colonies and workers’ accommodation: between detractors and apologists, by Rosa Serra Rotés.
  • 12:45 h The beginning of the end of the Catalan industrial colony model, the work of Teresa Collell, by Pere Colomer Roma.
  • 13:00 h The factories of Gallifa: a case halfway between factories and industrial colonies, by Marina Cirera Gaja.
  • 13:15 h The Sanson Colony (Sant Feliu de Llobregat), by Jordi Amigó, Jordi Grané, Jordi Jiménez, Silvia Requena and Esther Tort.
  • 13:30 h Reexamining the Güell Colony, by Josep Padró Margó.
  • 13:45 h The mining colonies of Berguedà, ways of inhabiting worker towns, by Laia Gallego Vila.

14:00 h  Lunch break (free).

15:15 h  Presentation and reading of communications | BLOCK 2: Industrial colonies and comparison with Mexico

  • 15:15 h The houses with two keys, origin and cause of the communal workers’ housing in Alcoy, by Jorge Doménech Romá.
  • 15:30 h The Railway colony of Sant Vicenç de Calders (Tarragona), by Eduard Martínez Hernández.
  • 15:45 h  New uses for former industrial spaces: La Blava and Casa-Museu Miquel Martí i Pol, by Raquel Castellà and Montse Fernández-Esparrach.
  • 16:00 h Alt Berguedà: mining colonies and domesticity in an extreme habitat, by Jaume Fabregat, Anna Royo and Jordi Sardà.
  • 16:15 h The neighbourhoods of the Torras, paper manufacturers, by Xavier Martí i Ylla.
  • 16:30 h Architecture, landscape and economy of the workers’ town model in Catalonia and Mexico, by Alejandro Acosta and Pere Colomer.
  • 16:45 h The architectural composition of Industrial and Bella Vista worker neighbourhoods in Monterrey, N.L from 1890 to 1940, by Diana Carolina Nava Ramírez.

17:00 h Paper Workers’ camps in the nitrate industry in the Atacama desert, by Sergio González (Universidad de Taracapá, Chile).

17:40 h  Paper Ural mill towns: history, landscape and heritage, by Elena Alekseeva (Institute of History and Archaeology, Ekaterinburg, Russia).

18:30 – 20:00 h  Route around Terrassa, the industrial city. Guided route with visits to examples of industrial buildings and workers’ housing in Terrassa.



09:00 h  Paper Workers’ villages and factory towns in Spain, topics of restoration, by Miguel Ángel Álvarez Areces (INCUNA-TICCIH, Spain).

09:40 h  Paper Factory cities as a global profitability strategy: productive organisation of non productive space, by Pablo López Calle (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain).

10:20 h  Paper The children of iron: a balance of railway cities worldwide, by Domingo Cuéllar (RENFE, Spain).

11:00 h  Coffee break.

11:20 h  Paper The workers’ town of Tafi Viejo, Argentina. Morphological and spatial aspects of a railway town, by Mónica Ferrari (TICCIH, Argentina).

12:00 h  Presentation and reading of communications | BLOCK 3: The railways; diversity of social spaces; the case of Chile

  • 12:00 h Increasingly less for the workers, increasingly less for the railways: housing and railways in the second half of the 20th century, by Domingo Cuéllar and Aurora Martínez-Corral.
  • 12:15 h The desire to control and the pleasure of circulating. The social limitations to the construction of saltpeter works as a company town: Tarapacá during the cycle of the expansion of nitrate, by Pablo Artaza Barrios.
  • 12:30 h  In the footsteps of saltpeter works, Santiago Humberstone, Historical Heritage of Humanity, Chile, by Orietta Ojeda Berger.
  • 12:45 h Social management strategy of industrial heritage sites in the region of Aysén and the Chilean Patagonia, by Marcelo Becerra and Jacqueline Boldt.
  • 13:00 h Industrial paternalism and the construction of everyday spaces: from control and segregation to the reivindication of rights. The experience of south Chile in the 20th century, by Alejandra Brito Peña.
  • 13:15 h Housing, workers and industrialization: the petrol camps of the Chilean Patagonia (1945-1980), by Boris Cvitanic and Daniel Matus.
  • 13:30 h South of the railway: a historical and archaeological approach in the neighbourhoods of Adurtza and San Cristóbal (Vitoria/Gasteiz, Araba/Álava), by Francisco Gómez Díez.

13:45 h  Lunch break (free).

15:00 h  Paper Between mountains and slopes, mining towns in Mexico, by Belém Oviedo (Museo de Minería de Pachuca del Monte Hidalgo, Mexico).

15:40 h  Paper The workers settlements of the Ózd and the Diósgyör ironworks in Hungary and their heritage from a comparative perspective, by Györgyi Németh (ICOMOS, Hungary).

16:20 h  Paper Company Towns: urban Planning as a work of art, by Lucie Morisset (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada).

17:15 h  Presentation and reading of communications | BLOCK 4: Monographs, valorizations and proposals for the future

  • 17:15 h Cristalería Española in Arija (Burgos): valorization of a factory city from 1906, by Josu Aramberri.
  • 17:30 h An urban setting for the court of Franco: the towns of the Bárcena reservoir, by Jorge Magaz Molina.
  • 17:45 h The transformation of rural nuclei into factory cities following the implementation of major factories. The case of Cristalería Española in Azuqueca de Henares in the 1960s, by Enrique Castaño and Miriam Martín.
  • 18:00 h  Heritage conservation and management processes for housing for workers in the 19th- and 20th-century industrial colonies of the north of Italy, by Ángeles Layuno Rosas.
  • 18:15 h For the creation of a European network of worker villages and factory cities, by François Tacquard.

18:30 h  Debate and conclusions. Future pespectives.

19:00-20:15 h Guided tour to the mNACTEC and its Documentation Center. Sample of specialist bibliography related to the topics of the Convention.



09:00 – 14:00 h  Guided visit to the Sedó Colony in Esparreguera and the colonies of Baix Llobregat

  • Departure by bus from Terrassa along the Lower Llobregat, passing La Bauma Colony, the Monistrol factories in Montserrat and the Gomis Colony.
  • Stop at the Cairat reservoir and canal. Visit to the workers’ housing in La Flora (Olesa de Montserrat) and the Palanca bridge over the Llobregat.
  • Guided visit to the Sedó Colony, museum space and turbines.
  • Brunch break
  • Return to Terrassa.



The official languages of this congress are Catalan, Spanish and English. Simultaneous translation services will be provided.