Affordable Housing Atlas Demonstration

The first Affordable Housing Atlas presented at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM).

This new tool aims to look into the issue of housing access on a global scale. The approach to the issue is supported by data provided by multiple sources, making it possible to describe the planet on a global scale using the criteria of the Affordable Housing Activation (AHA) scientific committee, which has defined different barriers contributing to housing inaccessibility.

Sources include the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and Google, among others. By translating all this data in a uniform way in terms of qualities and standards, the tool provides a vast amount of information on a single platform in a coordinated way.

In the presentation, it has been shown how the Affordable Housing Atlas facilitates access to all this data to support a deeper understanding of the issue of housing access on a global scale, allowing users to compare countries and cities, and to inform public policies to help improve access to affordable housing.




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300.000 km/s at AA eXchange

Mar Santamaria gives a lecture at the Architectural Association Visiting School Semester Programme (AA eXchange) about the work at 300.000 km/s. The projects presented show how the novel methodologies of spatial analysis, cartography and data visualization can help understand the complexity, and how this knowledge can be transformed in tools, observatories and reports that empower decisions.

Finite Resources. Approximation to the Collective Spaces of Ciutat Vella

Mar Santamaria, co-founder of 300.000 km/s gives a lecture at the opening session of the international workshop ETSAV - CCCB.

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Conversation between Mar Santamaria and Blanca Pujals on data.

Urban Innovators

The COACTFE presents the "Urban Innovators" lecture series. The aim is to explore the new dynamics that are developing in the field of interventions on the territory and the design of urban space. In the second session Mar Santamaria explains how the work of 300,000 Km/s explores the potential of big data and new computing paradigms to improve urban analysis, strategic planning and decision making.

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Montjuïc. The Misunderstood Mountain.

Mar Santamaria, co-founder of 300.000 km/s, Meritxell M. Pauné, journalist, and Ferran Aisa, historian, reflect on the current perception of the mountain, on its myths and its realities, in a round table at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). Montjuïc has a bad reputation for being a dangerous place and not recommended at certain times of the day, an often underused space, halfway between nature and the city, which has not yet found its place in contemporary Barcelona.

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The Future City: Tools for Urban Transformation

Climate change is one of the most important challenges 21st century society has to face, and it is essential that we all take responsibility for it and that no one is left out. It is necessary to promote social actions and incorporate important changes in public policy with the aim of mitigating pollutant emissions and implementing measures to adapt to their effects, which are already inevitable today. At the same time, there is a need to work hard on information, communication and education, so that society can act knowingly and be aware of the need and urgency of implementing these changes. In this sense, the Open Centre of Architecture organises open and transversal debates with the aim of making a tour of the causes and demands of the climate challenge, reflecting on the necessary change of production and energy model, and making a final reflection about the territory and the city. In the last session of the Climate Challenge cycle on: 'The Future City: Tools for Urban Transformation' with Pablo Martínez, architect and urban planner co-founder of 300.000 Km/s studio and professor at the EPDL of Lausanne; Verónica Sánchez Carrera, architect, expert in emergency architecture for infectious diseases and founder of the studio n’UNDO and Elena Albareda, architect expert in ecological urbanism, landscape ecology and sustainable land management, and associate professor at the UPC. Moderator: Albert Cuchí, architect, expert in sustainability and the environment, president of the AUS.


Complexity and the City

Mar Santamaría, co-founder of 300.000 km/s, participates at the debate Complexity and the City within the Tech Barcelona Spirit 2021.
Pau de Solà-Morales (Eina) also participates in this session moderated by Maria Buhigas.

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Staying Ahead of the Next Societal Challenge

The Next Societal challenge is here. Some are classic challenges such as the ageing population, improving healthcare systems or building more egalitarian societies. Others are recurrent, such as the future of education or the future of work, which need to be periodically rethought. In any case, new and innovative solutions must be sought. What are the new avant-garde approaches to face societal challenges? Mar Santamaría, co-founder of 300.000 km/s, is the chair of this session with keynotes by Salvatore Martello, Mayor of Lampedusa, and Diego Fernández, Secretary of Innovation and Digital Transformation of the Buenos Aires City Government. The debate is joined by Malu Molina, Special Adviser for Sustainable Development of São Paulo Municipal Government, Pastora Valero, Senior Vice President Public Policy and Government Affairs at Cisco Systems, and Mark Wheeler, Chief Information Officer of the City of Philadelphia.

Climate Change & Built Heritage

Mar Santamaría speaks at session 3 - Excellent Architectural Projects of the Climate Change & Built Heritage Public Conference.

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