El Pais, the most influential Spanish-speaking newspaper, published an article about Aretian’s work
Ramon Gras Alomà, Aretian Urban Analytics and Design co-founder and Harvard researcher, was recently interviewed by Anatxu Zabalbeascoa, a journalist working for the leading newspaper El País. Anatxu Zabalbeascoa is a Catalan journalist who studied art in Chicago and is a specialist in architecture and urban design. She is the author of several books on art and architecture and organized, among other things, several exhibitions and events around the world of art and architecture. El País is the largest Spanish-Speaking newspaper in the world and this article covers the topic of urbanism and the future of cities.
This article talks about several variables affecting cities nowadays, like tourism for instance, which has the effect of pushing the citizens farther in order to make space for specific touristic activities. This effect is noted by Jorge Dioni López (journalist and author) and Francesc Muñoz (Observatorio de la Urbanización en la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) who point out that European cities have become museums for the world, forcing residents to exit the urban spaces of their own cities. They also criticize the development of buildings that are not occupied but that are simply built to hold monetary value.
Read the article here.
Ramon Gras Alomà then pinpoints the importance of the development of a new Science of City taking into account the many weaknesses of specific urban typology and the establishment of urban spaces that foster equality and community-building. The typology of fractality is a typology that combines prosperity and equality and is characterized by a harmonic polycentricity on the model of the 15-minute city. Ramon also insists that urban ecosystems can become very efficient, sustainable and desirable patterns of urban growth. The novel Science of Cities developed at Aretian allows progress towards a better management of urban problems that puts the citizen at the center of the city, geographically and philosophically.
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