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UN-Habitat references Aretian’s work as good practices illuminating sustainable urban development

Aretian was recently featured in a publication by the UN-HABITAT and the AMB (Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona). In a series of descriptive images, our methods for analyzing cities were listed as “best practices” along with several other urban design concepts. The publication details the necessary changes that urban environments and human societies need to undertake in order to face the challenges of the 21st century. UN-HABITAT is the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, which is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities. It is the focal point for all urbanization and human settlement matters within the UN system and works in over 90 countries to promote transformative change in cities and human settlements through knowledge, policy advice, and collaborative action.


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The Statement on Metropolitan Development adopts a more strategic and integrated approach to solving the challenges and opportunities of twenty-first century cities and other human settlements. This plan contains many different approaches and solutions to the crises that humanity is facing nowadays, and parts of this plan focus on urban practices in the 21st century. Among these points, the Aretian Key Performance Indicators (Innovation Intensity, Innovation Performance, and Innovation Impact) are depicted, and a mention is made of some of the most important projects led by Aretian, such as the Innovation Triangle project in Barcelona, consisting of a cluster of Innovation Districts, or the Agritech Campuses developed for the European Union and the region of Tarragona in order to improve the supply chain of small and medium-sized farms in Catalonia.


These Aretian projects and indicators share the vision of UN-Habitat, which is to achieve a healthier, more equitable world based on sustainable long-term innovation. The good practices proposed by Aretian take into account as many variables as possible (human, economic, or urban) to attain standards that can be easily followed and applied to different cities around the globe. As each city presents its own set of unique features, Aretian is developing a book expanding on a novel city science describing and analyzing how the most important cities in the world function, in order to further advance urban methodologies and practices.


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