El Clot by Jorge Lopez Munoz, Spain, Shortlist
El Clot building is an apartment block that for the last 15 years has been under threat by a City Hall plan that forecasts the demolition of 1.651 homes in El Cabanyal, Valencia's historic fisherman neighborhood, in order to extend Blasco Ibanyez Avenue until the seafront. Meanwhile, the City Hall has acquired several homes in the area, to shut and brick them up, waiting for their demolition. For the last years, tens of homeless gypsy families have occupied and restored some of these empty apartments in El Clot. This has put these families into the police's and the Court's spotlight. Recently, the neighbors have come together to defend themselves and to raffle a lot of other holes that they must face on a daily basis, such as exclusion, poverty, racism or real state mobing.