How do we contribute to a sustainable future?
Passing on our know-how to new generations
While we can work on and improve what we already have, what about the future? What will happen when it no longer depends on us? What will our legacy be? We believe that one of the most effective ways to ensure that the professionals of the future are committed to sustainability is to instill the importance of sustainability in them from an early age. And the best way we can work together to keep moving in that direction is to share our know-how. For this reason, we consider education and knowledge transfer to be fundamental, and we are continuously participating in workshops, seminars and conferences, both in schools and universities and other arenas.
Last April, our colleague Victoria Fernández Añez organized a “Create your sustainable city” workshop at the Antonio Buero Vallejo School (San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid) for children between the ages of 5 and 12. We intend to replicate it in other schools and involve more colleagues in the project.
On April 19 and 20, Julia Gómez Goenaga, an architect from our sustainability team, participated as a speaker at the Green Plantescoverty 2023 event, organized by EELISA Discovery and EELISA Green Planet of the EELISA community (European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance) together with UPM Tule (Transition to an Emission Free University). The event, which took place at the School of Forestry Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, sought to bring together professionals in the field of architecture and engineering, mostly alumni of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, to give visibility to the professional challenges related to the environment and sustainability.
Finally, on April 24, Victoria Fernández gave a presentation at the UPM School of Architecture about our work in the area of mixed use, with the participation of our colleague Ana Meléndez.
Victoria showed how, in the field of mixed use, projects are approached from four different starting points, or ecosystems: the sustainable ecosystem (from the perspective of sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals), the connected ecosystem (from the perspective of connectivity and the Smart City beyond the merely technological aspects), the efficient ecosystem (within the framework of the analysis of material and energy flows and the circular economy approach) and the habitable ecosystem (focused on people and society, taking into account the reflections and guidelines of Habitat III).
Ana Meléndez, for her part, presented a practical case, that of the SCWaP housing, explaining how they had collaborated among architects specialized in different scopes to develop the proposal.
May 19, 2023
What is SCWaP
SCWaP stands for Smart City with a Purpose. It is a proposal for a new development on vacant land in the midst of new growth in Riyadh. The proposed urban structure aims to concentrate activity around the wadi (dry riverbed that periodically floods) by creating a large central park surrounded by amenities that connects two main mixed-use cores in a residential setting. Sustainability has guided the design criteria of this urban development, respecting the natural orography, designing with respect to bioclimatic and orientation criteria and working with green infrastructure criteria.
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