It is hard to believe that architects do not take part in decisions about the city when the housing interventions of such high quality that they have achieved on this occasion the 'Manuel de la Dehesa' Prize awarded to the project for 21 dwellings in the former Carmen de Abraixo Dairy. An intervention on the outskirts of the city at the same time as it recovers the environment of the old center of Santiago de Compostela, resolving the residential problem while simultaneously rehabilitating and reconstructing the historic memory of the place. The same thing occurs on other scales with other prizewinning housing projects in Seville, Madrid, Cadiz, Granada and Guipuzcoa. These works to improve the architectural quality of public housing are offered at a time in which housing is the subject of the largest social debate occurring in Spain in the last few decades. This places on architecture the responsibility for providing solutions to demands that cannot be met quantitively, but through the qualitative challenge pointed to in the finalist projects.