El urbanismo sentimental

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Hace algún tiempo – acababa de ver la película “Interestelar”, que mostraba cómo la humanidad escapaba del colapso climático mediante un artefacto de la física teórica llamado “agujero de gusano” – escribí que la manera más sensata de evitar el “armaggedon” medioambiental era poner en práctica cuanto antes un urbanismo inteligente, ese que preconiza ciudades de una cierta densidad, usos mixtos, espacio público vivo. Un urbanismo inteligente es un urbanismo racional o, si se prefiere, ilustrado, que pone las bases de una movilidad sostenible, de ahorros energéticos en nuestra manera de hacer y gestionar los edificios, y de una economía menos intensiva en uso de materia y energía, más circular.

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Smart Univercities

Emily Carr’s University building in Vancouver’s Grandville Island (Canada). Source: The Province

There is little doubt about the positive impact that a strong collaboration between cities and universities can bring to our societies. Cities are a focus of many disciplines, ranging from astrophysics to medicine, and as such there is a growing interest in urban matters for researchers and academia. According to a 2015 report by Anthony Townsend for the NYU, it is estimated that by 2030 as much as $2.5 billion will have been invested by universities in researching the dynamics of cities. At the very least, we can say that improving urban life is a joint effort, and that universities – the hotbeds of talent – should be at the very kernel of every smart city’s operating system.

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