Salvador Rueda, director of the Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency and one of the world's greatest experts in Urban Ecosystem, appeared last Friday at the Madrid Official College of Architects (COAM) to talk about this area.
The Urban Ecosystem is a new way of thinking about Urban Development that aims to find solutions to the new challenges of the 21st century city, like creating a new type of sustainable urbanism. Salvador Rueda, director of the Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency and one of the world's greatest experts in Urban Ecosystem, appeared last Friday at the Madrid Official College of Architects (COAM) to talk about this area.
This Master Class has started the collaboration between MSC-UPM and the Madrid College of Architects (COAM). MCS will be open to a number of key expert lecturers to foster urban knowledge. The auditorium was full and the collaboration started in the best possible way.
Thus, MCS students had the chance to attend this lecture and ask several questions to Salvador Rueda and other leading experts in the architecture and design world, like José María Ezquiaga, current Dean of COAM, José García Germán, expert in energy and sustainability, and Daniel Ibañez, registered practicing architect and Doctor of Design by Harvard Graduate School of Design.
During his lecture, Rueda rethought the cities. Our cities have been designed as isolated and transport oriented. Cars seized public space, citizens forgone being pedestrians and cities became material intensive consumers and waste generators. Salvador Rueda is working in Barcelona to solve this situation. He aims to recover public spaces. Also, he argued that vehicle turns are not efficient, and that using his “superblocks” and electric bikes (in his opinion, the best option for urban mobility), Barcelona will be given back to citizens. In addition, something as simple as trashcans for organic materials will solve the main waste management issues of the city, as it is the main factor affecting recycling.
“In one hand, urban sustainability is proposing a new conceptual, methodological and instrumental framework for building more sustainable urban models. But in the other hand, we need to articulate a new strategy based on information and knowledge development. Both urban models are needed and, indeed, they need each other. This is what Smart Cities really are: information and sustainability”, concluded Rueda.