History and evolution

How did all this start?

In 2014, a team of professionals is paced in charge of managing and searching a rescue plan for the property that had been getting little or no attention over the last decade.

In 2017 they connected their plans with a group of people with experience in community life, who were in the process of starting a new social project in the Central Catalonia region.

Vidàlia was born from these joint forces.

The Contract

On the 30 November 2017, the Promoción de la Granja Urbana Association signed a farm contract for 75 years with the current legal owner Hines SL.


We are currently working on the design of the rehabilitation plan and the energy plan within the framework of energy efficiency. We are working on the rehabilitation of some houses and the processing of the certificates of habitability. We have started to recover some plots of orchards from organic farming and permaculture. We take care of the relations between collaborators, with the neighbors, and the interested parties. We are working on institutional relations at local, national and European level.

Initial Developers:


A diverse group of people who started this project up.

Andrés Labella Iglesias

Lawyer at @TheHound_Bcn and at www.europeanlawyers.cat​Specialist in property and mortgage law, he works for families and entrepreneurs, reinforcing the tasks of information and prevention in order to avoid judicial conflicts and disputes that imply losses for all parties involved. Special dedication and services to families with members with specific needs or situations of dependency as well as to entities working in this area to promote the defence of the rights of the 2006 United Nations Convention. In 2014, with the architect Isabel Torres, she founded ‘The Hound’, which is a team that rescues disused properties, in order to seek a second useful life by promoting rehabilitation, making use of new forms of ownership, Catalan shared ownership and collective ownership, through cooperatives. Socially involved, he is a member of the Permanent Commission of the Arco Iris Foundation in Martorell and in the educational field he is a member of the Board of the El Puig Cooperative School in Esparreguera.



Isabel Torres Ullés

Architect and renovation consultant. Specialist in heritage rehabilitation and reuse of old structures. Founder and director of REHABINOVA​, where she leads a team of architects and engineers with a common goal: architecture must save energy, be healthy, have social effects and also be beautiful. Member of AVES (Architecture and Sustainability, association for the diffusion of sustainable architecture in Barcelona). Responsible for the design and technical aspects of the housing rehabilitation project and recovery of disused buildings, and director of the works.


Xavi Llopart

Real estate advisor and head of HOGAVA ConsultingLaw graduate at the UB. Master’s Degree in Real Estate Consultancy and Advice at the UB. He is a real estate friend, he informs about how processes work and how the market works, allowing people to make decisions with all the information. He is passionate about visiting and photographing abandoned SITES, imagining what they were like and reviving them. He has also spent more than half his life enjoying volleyball.

Daniel J. Hayes

Doctor of Public Health, Social Entrepreneur and Mediator at the Conflict Mediation Unit of the University of Barcelona. Member of the Can Masdeu Valley for 10 years. Trainer of Nonviolent Communication and Contact Improvization. Founder of Touch & Play. In charge of managing the processes and content of the Vidalia project. Dutchman and father of 2 children born in Catalonia.

Queralt Jorba

General Sanitary Psychologist, Systemic Coach and Dancer. She manages projects for the promotion of relational health and artistic mediation with public and private organizations. InCorpora is the platform that brings together their projects. Born in Manresa. Mother of 2 children.

Monique van Steen

Anuar El Ouahabi El Ghazi

Born in Barcelona in 1984, father of one son. Doctor in Environmental Chemistry and Pollution from the University of Barcelona. Specialist in water analysis. Currently working for the Catalan Water Agency. Member of the Esbladenca housing cooperative.

Christopher Fraser

Australian. Engineer and businessman. Founder and director of Invisibility Ltd, developing educational mobile applications. 25 years professional experience in engineering, such as R & D for Canon and Samsung and integration of renewable energy systems. His interests include sustainable architecture and water resources management.

Natalia Jojart

She was born in Argentina, and currently lives in Catalonia. Degree in Environmental Sciences in Costa Rica, and Master in International Cooperation from the University of Barcelona. Mother and worker in an old neighbourhood Granería. Committed to the environment and to a more responsible and ethical model of consumption. Member of the Esbladenca Housing Cooperative.

Noè Mas


GARDEN: Sívlia, Rubèn, Vicente, Raquel, Sara.

COMMUNICATION: Monique and Maru Di Pace

TRESORY: Blai Garcia and Gemma Masip

MAINTENANCE Bliss, Joan Cant and Jonàs

ARCHITECT: Daniel Moreno

IMAGES: Nils Janssen.

GRAPHIC DESIGN: Tila Gràfic de Sergi Jiménez.

Som part dels Projectes Singulars 2019 i el Programa Treball i Formació



APMU - Associació per la Promoció de la Masoveria Urbana