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Blog, Urban Data, urbanism

Urban design and data: how energy micro-flows shape our cities

The continuous process of urban transformation, which has included multiple works and demolitions over the years, has been possible thanks to the energy flows that converge in the city. Now, we can guide urban decisions by “natural” criteria to make them more efficient. For this, it is key to observe and detect where there are flows rubbing against the territory with enough potential to create life around them. This is the true substratum of an organic urbanism.

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Smart Cities, Talks and interviews

Democratizing co-production of sustainable public services. 23rd Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. 15-17 June 2022

On June, 16th I will be participating in the the Digital Government Society (DGS)’s 23rd Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research – dg.o 2022, with a theme “Opportunities, risk and policies in smarter cities: Intelligent Technologies, Governments and Citizens” dg.o 2022 will be hosted by the Graduate...

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Blog, Sin categoría, urbanism

Urbanism and energy

Urbanism can be understood as the set of processes that take advantage of the energy that reaches a city for its conversion into an urban structure. Thus, the configuration of the built space corresponds to possible states in which matter can be organized in a stable way (at least for a while).

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Blog, urbanism

Urbanism explained from entropy

How does a city acquire “order” (or, decrease its entropy) and increase its complexity? In the same way that a system of dunes, a plant, or any living being does, thanks to the contribution of energy and matter. From this perspective, the set of processes that deal with the use of that energy for the formation of a city structure is what we call urbanism.

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Blog, urbanism

Urbanism and thermodynamics. An Alternative Approach

If, the structure of natural ecosystems, organisms, and social organizations is formed and grows thanks to the energy flows that affect them, it does not seem unreasonable to think that in cities, social ecosystems formed by all kinds of organisms (including people), urbanism and thermodynamics are related through similar phenomena.

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Blog, Mobility

The collective mental map of urban mobility

Mobility in a city is the aggregate sum of millions of micro-decisions that its inhabitants make every day when going to work, shopping or meeting friends. Most of us are pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and users of public transport at the same time. Therefore, changing mobility in a city means that more and more micro-decisions go through sustainable means of transport.

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Talks and interviews

Talks and public events 2021

7 de Diciembre. Panel and discussion on “Digital Coordination through APIs”  hosted by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission at APIdays Global Congress (París). 30 de Noviembre. Presentation of the book “Ciudad abierta, ciudad digital” at the Chamber of Commerce of Zaragoza. 5 de Noviembre....

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Blog, Smart Cities

3GPP: Smart Cities Should Engage With Mobile Standards Developers, by Jon Glasco

A challenge for smart cities is to identify the impact of new standards and technologies and determine how 5G standards development creates (or constrains) opportunities for urban innovation.

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Blog, Technology

The 5G Digital Divide, by Jon Glasco

5G fervour is noticeably high and immersed in the conjecture that deployment of this technology will increase digital inclusion for people who currently lack access to broadband Internet services. However, the potential benefits of 5G to society at large — and how it might affect social inclusion — are more difficult to define.

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Publications by Daniel Sarasa

Urban innovation, smart cities, technology and creativity… Here are some of the works that Daniel Sarasa has published, alone or in collaboration, over some of these important urban topics.

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