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In urban development, where climate change poses a big challenge, innovative projects like BUILDSPACE are leading the charge in revolutionizing how we approach urban vulnerability and heat resilience. Leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as EGNSS and Copernicus data, BUILDSPACE offers services that integrate external data sources. This helps provide in-depth analyses specifically tailored to buildings and city areas.

On Wednesday, March 6th, the seminar “Analysis of Urban Vulnerability and New Approaches to the Heat: Methodologies and Indicators” was held in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid as part of the OLADAPT National Project and the European project BUILDSPACE, both projects led by Professor Carmen Sánchez-Guevara. The event was attended by several professors and students of ETSAM (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid).

Evolution of Urban Vulnerability: Insights from Spanish Cities

The first panel began with the intervention of Agustín Hernández Aja, who explained the evolution of urban vulnerability in Spanish cities through the results of the Catalogues of Vulnerable Neighbourhoods in Spain of 1991, 2001 and 2011, prepared between 1996 and 2017 thanks to the collaboration agreements developed between the Juan de Herrera Institute (IJH) of the UPM and the Ministry of Public Works.

He was succeeded by Iván Rodríguez Suárez, explaining the continuity of the Catalogue of Vulnerable Neighbourhoods in the 2021 edition, currently under preparation, presenting the methodological review derived from the changes in the data sources and some provisional results of the research. 

The first block was closed by Mariano Vázquez Espí, who commented on the creation of different indicators to represent vulnerability, Mariano brings us, from vector arithmetic to the resolution of multi-criteria problems, defined as problems in which solutions must be evaluated by several criteria at the same time.

Advancing Understanding of Heat Vulnerability and Urban Adaptation

The first presentation of the second-round table began with Patricia San Nicolás, who presented some perspectives on the terms of risk and vulnerability defined by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) along with an analysis of indicators for the study of heat vulnerability within the framework of the BUILDSPACE project. The last presentation was given by Laura Quesada, who presented the OLADAPT project, which works to generate a tool for adapting cities to heat waves.At the end of the seminar, the participants discussed indicators, multi-criteria methods and their validity.

Fostering Collaboration and Innovation

The seminar served as a catalyst for collaboration and innovation, bringing together experts to explore indicators and methodologies for assessing risk and vulnerability. Through stimulating discussions and exchange of perspectives, participants paved the way for innovative research directions, promising to advance our understanding and approach to complex urban challenges.

As BUILDSPACE continues to revolutionize urban development, events like these reaffirm its commitment to driving innovation and sustainability in the built environment, ensuring cities are resilient and adaptable in the face of climate change.

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