The 15th May 2020, in the framework of the Debates organized by the Algerian Ministry of Culture, the President of RehabiMed Xavier Casanovas presented the conference: Urban regeneration. Retrospective view of the Casbah in Algiers and Ciutat Vella in Barcelona.
The conference presented a parallel evolution between the historical centres of both cities, with their ancient origins in the Phoenician and Roman periods. Its evolution is similar in the medieval and modern periods until the demolition of the walls in the mid-19th century. Its degradation and abandonment in the 20th century are also similar and there is only a distancing in recent times, since the Casbah, listed World Heritage UNESCO, continues to degrade and Barcelona is in full “gentrification” process.