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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT BCNECOLOGIA

Does BCNecologia only accept projects in Barcelona?

No, BCNecologia will undertake projects in cities of any country. The projects help guide cities towards more sustainable practices, and the BCNecologia model has many features which make it easily transferable to other cities.

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WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL BASIS OF BCNECOLOGIA?

BCNecología provides technical solutions and strategies for urban environments to become more sustainable. The agency considers the city to be like an ecosystem. It is a system that needs to extract material resources from other systems in order to stay alive. Currently the environment is under a lot of pressure, with massive resource depletion and waste. This pressure, however, is controlled by well-targeted policies and actions proposed in BCNecología's projects. These policies and actions, in turn, have set the standards for the organization in the progression towards sustainability.

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WHAT DOES THE BCNECOLOGIA MODEL OF THE CITY INVOLVE?

The current development model of the city is based almost exclusively on the consumption of resources, which is clearly unsustainable. Today, it is necessary to adopt a new model to address the dysfunctions of the city and challenges of modern society - those related to sustainability and those related to the knowledge and information society. The model of the Meriterranian Ciy, both compact and diverse, is well positioned to implement sustainable practices in this information age.

The proposed model is divided into four main sections:

• Compactness: A compact city allows for the development of activities without disrupting the main components of the city. This concept is the opposite of dispersion. .

• Complexity: A complex city includes the necessary diversity to assess any type of urban organization.

• Efficiency: An efficient city has an urban motabolism (an urban core) that optomizes energy consumption and produces the least amount of pollution and waste possible.

• Stability and Social Cohesion: A stable and socially cohesive city is able to maintain the complexity described with an integrated citizenship in the urban environment. This mixture of diverse people must solve the city's basic needs (work, housing, education, culture, health, safety, etc.).

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WHAT AREAS DOES BCNECOLOGIA SPECIALIZE IN?

BCNecología specializes in areas pertaining to the city and urban ecology, waste and materials management, energy, water, air and noise pollution, biodiversity, mobility, social cohesion, urban planning and public space, indicators, legal entities, communication, participation and new technologies.

Since the city is like an ecosystem, it is logical to have a systemic approach to urban problems. BCNecología is made up of a transdiciplinary team led by Salvador Rueda, and is comprised of lawyers, environmentalists, architects, biologists, information scientists, physicists, geographers, computer scientists, egineers (industrial, road, and agricultural), journalists, psychologists and chemists.

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WHAT ARE THE CONCEPTS THAT BCNECOLOGIA HAS DEVELOPED?

Since its establishment in 2000, BCNecologia has designed and implemented the folloring concepts:

• Superblocks

• Urbanism on three levels

• Ecosystemic urbanism

• Orthogonal bus network

• Sustainable urban design certification guide

• Functional guide to sustainability

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WHAT ARE THE MAIN TOOLS USED BY BCNECOLOGIA?

One of the main tools used by the agency is Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which also represents the agency's transdiciplinary nature. GIS allows for the combination of graphic information with numbers and statistics, in order to visualize different scenarios. It is helpful to use when making decisions regarding urban elements (pollution, green spaces, street and building types, etc.).

The other fundamental tool used by the agency is the use of simulatons. Simulations allow the agency to test hypotheses and models, and can  encompass areas like noise and air pollution, public transport or public space. The simulations help evaluate each proposed scenario, as well as the evolution of different variables. The scenarios are therefore able to influence, if necessary, the projects undertaken to achieve a more liveable city.

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HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT URBAN ECOLOGY?

This website has links to many ecological PUBLICATIONS, an in-depth explanation of the CONCEPTUAL MODEL of a sustainable city, the application of urban ecology in various PROJECTS through INDICATORS, and finally, NEWS STORIES AND ARTICLES related to urban ecology.

 

 

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