Ramon Gras contributed to Udalsarea 2030, a conference about the future of the Basque Country
Last week, Ramon Gras Alomà contributed to the 20th anniversary celebration of Udalsarea2030, the Basque Network of Sustainable Municipalities, held in San Sebastián, over the future of the Basque Country. Ramon Gras presented alongside President/Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, members of the Basque Government, the Mayor of Donostia-San Sebastián, and Ihobe-Udalsarea leaders, at the San Sebastián Cultural Center. During this conference, he explained the sustainable development concepts developed by Aretian Urban Analytics and Design to 205 mayors from municipalities in the region. The aim of this conference was to develop a sustainable strategy for the coming decade in the Basque Country through scientific methods and insights.
Ramon Gras presented key insights in Donostia - San Sebastián from Aretian’s research, analytics and design projects to develop better, more sustainable and attractive cities. He elaborated upon the 15-minute city standards for sustainable development, a novel concept allowing communities to have better access to important amenities and services in a sustainable manner.
He also mentioned lessons from sustainable development projects that Aretian Urban Analytics and Design led, in global cities such as Boston, Barcelona, Madrid, Monterrey or São Paulo, as well as rural innovation examples of sustainable development networks of municipalities from Europe. Cities in the Basque Country would benefit from a city science-infused urban development strategy if they want to compete on the global stage and foster better, stronger economic communities. He explained the 3 networks developed by Aretian, the networks of Talent, Infrastructure and Industry, which are key to establish strong guidelines for cities to follow. He concluded by highlighting the importance of the fractal city design and placemaking typology, which presents multiplying effects and benefits compared to other city typologies, while also enabling a higher quality of life for its inhabitants, by means of city form harmonic polycentrism.
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