The University Camilo José Cela School of Architecture and Technology has held a new debate forum on Smart Cities as part of the Cityfollowers Talks entitled Tecnología: Smart…¿qué?
The event, held at the UCJC Almagro building, was attended by leading professionals and experts including Enrique Martínez, coordinators of the National Plan for Smart Cities; Inés Leal, architect and Director of the Convention of Smart Cities; Carlos Lahoz, Deputy Dean of the Official School of Architects of Madrid and Félix Alberto Martín, Head of the MiNT Platform, from the Madrid City Council. The discussion was moderated by Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho, Director of School of Architecture and Technology.
The discussion focussed on the term ‘smart’, in terms of challenges, questions and experiences specific to cities. At this event, participants shared different visions and experiences around the concepts of smart cities and smart citizens. Opportunities presented by technology to foster values were discussed in such things as transparency, improving quality of life, integration, cost reduction and environmental impact, efficiency and agility in service provision, cooperation, participation and empowerment of people in the daily management of cities. As were the limits, difficulties and questions raised by that search.
Within the framework of the launch of new lines of education such as the Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Design and Management and the Master’s Degree in Urban Mobility, Technology and Eco-transport, the UCJC held an event that aimed to generate debate at a local level and online on some of the aspects in which the complexity of cities is particularly evident: from fostering education through urban experimentation spaces to the purposes of technology applied to cities, including the management of heritage renovation processes and changing transport models.
Through these debates and discussions it also aims to enable direct contact with professionals, teachers, students and others, who, from different fields and standpoints, are contributing with their know-how and experience to broadening our vision of cities, as well as creating a friendly space for dialogue, where the University and its stakeholders are able to set up a collaboration network to generate capacity, new agents, approaches and projects capable of affecting the changing urban environment.