Better city, better quality of life. World Cities Day 2019

Better city, better quality of life. World Cities Day 2019

During the last decades the world has experienced unprecedented urban growth. In fact, according to the forecasts, by 2030 approximately 5,000 million people will live in cities.

Cities are centers of development, culture, science, etc.; however, they pose many problems such as lack of resources, pollution, housing shortages or infrastructure deterioration. Urbanization must be carried out in a planned way to maximize the capacities of cities.

World Cities Day was established in order to foster interest in urbanization and promote cooperation between countries to seize opportunities, face the challenges posed by urban planning, and contribute to sustainable urban development throughout the world.

This year 2019, in addition to the general motto “better city, a better quality of life”, the chosen slogan is “Changing the world: Innovations and a better life for future generations”. Thus, on this day of 2019 it is intended:

  • Increase knowledge of how digital innovations can be used to improve the quality of life and the environment of cities.
  • Show how cutting-edge technology can create more inclusive cities.
  • Explore how can be promote social inclusion in these urban environments

One of the ‘Ner Group’ organizations dedicates its energies to the creation and management of urban development projects and to the production, installation and maintenance of ‘BIRLOKI’ systems, which is ‘NEREI Emotional Intelligent’.

Juan Sadaba, is the principal researcher behind the system and gives us light on why the Birloki system is an element called to facilitate the lives of people in cities:

is his promoter and gives us light why the Birloki system is an element called to facilitate the lives of people in cities:

The Birloki system starts from the idea of creating a different urban furniture, a new way of interacting between the citizen and the city. We seek from the beginning to create urban elements that are active and alive, that facilitate participation and interaction.

We wanted and want to make sense of words such as “resilience”, making the city truly adapt to the changes and avoid that other terms such as “smart city” could end up empty of content because they are not undestood by ordinary people.

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The Birloki system has evolved with us, from the beginning when it was a modular element, placed in a network in a kind of ‘Urban Acupuncture’ that deals with the city flows, until today when it also manages and collects data, interacts and continues to evolve day by day.

‘Birlokis’ are customizable, modular, interact with the environment and breathe to the rhythm of the city…

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We react to some extent to the concept of Smart City in which everything is given from large corporations, which through technology improve services and generate and manage data without enabling dialogue with the end user. This is technically positive, but we want to believe that a “Bottom Up” approach is possible to this concept of Smart City that has come upon us.

The trend in the most advanced cities is the creation of interactive and immersive urban furniture elements. New York and Boston, among others, are moving in this direction in the hands of ‘Alphabet’ (Google) and other companies that begin to see urban space as an interesting work environment.

The mobile is a part of a whole, but it is more the ‘Internet Of Things’ is taking more weight and gaining ground. The criticism that we sometimes hear that everything can be done with the mobile is due to ignorance of what is happening around the world, and in this sense it is key for us to maintain a vocation of internationalization and not only fall into a local vision.

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