XVI BEAU Finalists

The land use plan linked to home delivery by 300.000 km/s is one the XVI Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (BEAU) finalists projects.

Air/Aira/Aire, the exhibition curated by Olga Subirós, for which 300.000 km/s did the urban design research, is also a finalist in the Research and Dissemination category of the XVI BEAU.


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Honourable Mention UIA’s Patrick Abercrombie Prize 2023

We are extremely honoured to have been recognised with an Honourable Mention of the UIA’s Patrick Abercrombie Prize for Urban Planning and Design. The jury highlighted the seriousness of our research and reflections and commended 'our understanding of cities and approach to a number of central cities planning issues that need to be addressed today amid the race against time in the face of climate change'. Thanks to the International Union of Architects, the jury (José Luis Cortés, Li Xiaodong, Jan Gehl, Anupama Kundoo, Ashraf M. Salama, Carin Smuts, Nadia Tromp) and congratulations to the rest of the winners!


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City Science and Data

Pablo Martínez, co-founder of 300.000 km/s, will participate at the debate City Science and Data, with Esteban Moro, Olga Subirós, Carme Llasat Botija and Javier Borge Holthoefer. The event will moderated by Josep Perelló, and will take place at CCCB on the 26th of February at 12.30 pm.

The representation of data from various and diverse sources allows us to read the city in other ways, but what are these ways? What can and do we want to look at? Do they allow us to observe inequalities and vulnerabilities, for example? But then, do we have the right data? Data reveal another city and look at its spaces in different ways: can we combine data and maps of active mobility, heat, income or age, public spaces, green spaces, available facilities?

Halfway between performance and conversation between people working with data and the city, we want to discover a rich, diverse and complex urban landscape. The overlapping of several points of view will accompany us on this journey.


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Modeling the City with Data

Pablo Martínez, co-founder of 300.000 km/s, and Sergio García, both editors of the journal ZARCH, will moderate a roundtable with some of the contributors to the journal on the 25th February at 12 pm, at COAC in Barcelona.

Today, different research groups are exploring the use of data and methodologies to build models from which to describe, discover, predict or simulate urban phenomena as if they were laboratories of reality. This description is key at a time when we must reorder cities to meet the challenge of climate adaptation. A radical change that also has consequences for social justice, health and care, emerging economies and new mechanisms for participation. Knowledge that, for the first time, is capable of being reproducible worldwide.

All these reflections are the starting point for the latest issue of the journal ZARCH (published by the University of Zaragoza) which, under the title Forma y comportamiento: modelar la urbanidad, reflects on this paradigm shift and the challenges it poses.

In this session, the content of the magazine will be presented in the form of a round table with some of the authors of the articles, such as Maria Buhigas, Pau Solà-Morales and Esteban Moro.


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Mar Santamaria for Agata Data in Bogotá

Our co-founder Mar Santamaria will be participating at the event 'El poder de las conexiones' on 14 February in Bogotá, Colombia (8:30). The event is organised by Agata Data (Bogotá's agency which integrates public functions with a self-sustainability model to analyze the data of the city and its inhabitants) to discuss cutting-edge advancements related to the application of data technologies and cities. Mar Santamaria will participate in a panel together with Manuel Riaño (Agata general manager) and Juan Ricardo Ortega (president of Grupo de Energía de Bogotá).


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Presentation of the First Global Affordable Housing Atlas

The presentation of the first great dynamic atlas of housing will take place next Wednesday, October 26, at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid (COAM), at 4.30 pm (CEST).
It will be streamed live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8wQX9XqSOw

The 300.000 km/s agency, who developed this tool, will do a demonstration to show how it works and its potential.
The Affordable Housing Atlas 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.
It uses data from multiples sources that, until now, were only accessible through different websites. By translating 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. 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.
The tool 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.

The event will host a dialogue between the General Director of Housing and Land, Javier Martín; the president of the Spanish Association of Public Housing and Land Managers (AVS), María Montes; the president of the Association of Promoters and Builders of Spain (ACPCEspaña), Juan Antonio Gómez-Pintado; the president of OnCities2030, Ana Moreno, and the director of the 2030 Observatory of the CSCAE, Ángela Baldellou.
The Spanish Secretary-General of Urban Agenda and Housing, David Lucas, will open the event, and the president of the CSCAE, Marta Vall-llossera, will close it.


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Madrid Diversa Exhibition at CentroCentro

Maps by 300.000 km/s are part of the Madrid Diversa exhibition held at CentroCentro in Madrid, and curated by Ariadna Cantis and Javier Peña. This project is exhibited from the 29th of September 2022 to the 29th of January 2023.

The exhibition analyses diversity as a distinctive feature of the city of Madrid in the contemporary context. In the current situation, in which cities tend to become standardised, to replicate commercial models and cultural structures, complexity transcends as a value in itself, as an identifying trait of urban life.

Madrid Diversa explores this quality using three tools to describe the city: an atlas of large-scale maps created by 300.000 km/s, a photographic journey by five artists, and a soundscape by Lucas Bolaño, that overlap one another as fragments of the same reality. The exhibition invites us to immerse ourselves in the Madrid of today, organised into five areas: The Inhabited City, The Built City, The Shared City, The City of Uses and The City in Transformation.

The maps construct an algorithmic storytelling based on massive data with a common thread of the city as a diverse environment. Metrics that do not focus on what the city contains, but rather on how diverse everything we find in it actually is. A city seen through data tends to focus on averages, the frequent and the similar. The perspective taken here aims to look at the strange, the improbable, the casual and the different. Two of the areas analyse the physical and inhabited environment while the other three propose an approach to urban behaviour through uses, public space and the transformation of the city itself. The maps are drawn from publicly available data from different sources: The National Institute of Statistics, the Land Registry, Madrid City Council, topographic base, satellite images and others.


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Urban Intelligence: How Are Cities Using Data to Improve Decision-making?

The pandemic saw cities and regions make innovative use of evidence, data, modelling, and other forms of knowledge when formulating their responses. This event will highlight examples of good practice, lessons learned, and other takeaways for urban and regional policymakers. Questions the event will consider include: How did city policymakers use intelligence to take decisions during the pandemic? What worked and why? What was less successful? Which lessons can cities apply to future crises and everyday decision-making? Speakers will include: Maryanne Schretzman, Executive Director, Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, City of New York Mike Eakins, Intelligence and Policy Manager, Leeds City Council Dr. Aurel von Richthofen, Arup Germany, ETH-Singapore Centre Mar Santamaria, Co-Founder, 300.000 km/s, Barcelona


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