Urban Development

19 Jun Opticits and urban resilience

The startup helps councils to simulate the response of city services due to acute shocks and chronic stresses

What happens in a city when there is flooding? There are companies that calculate the height at which the water can rise, but the question is how this crisis might affect city services. This is what Opticits does, helping cities to create urban resilience plans. The startup has created the first online platform "for local authorities and companies to study the interdependence and effects between the different services in a city during a crisis," says Ignasi Fontanals, the company’s CEO.
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16 Dec Why is the RESCCUE project disruptive? Synergies between industry and city

adobe-spark-7   In Greek mythology, Zeus asked his son Prometheus to create the human being. However, he spent so much time creating its masterpiece that he realized he had used all gifts Zeus had given to him, but that the human beings were intelligent but still harmless. Prometheus felt bad, stole Gods' fire and some tools from the Olympus and gave them to the humans to help them protecting from the climate and the hazards of the Earth. Zeus, enraged by the theft, chained and tortured Prometheus in the Caucasus, and humiliated his human beings and their cities in the Earth by sending Pandora with its box containing all the evils of the world. The human beings opened the box and its awful content spread over the Earth. Since then, human beings have needed to be resilient.
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23 Sep Sustainability and disaster resilience: Time is our life

wp13   On August the 24th, in the deep of the night, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy, an area on Apennine mountains, embracing villages situated in three central regions, Lazio, Umbria and Marche. After 15 days we know that 295 people died and about 400 were injured, right now about 5,000 people are homeless and about 4,700 are hosted in tent camps, others are hosted, by relatives and friends, in other cities. The major number of life losses is concentrated in three main villages, Amatrice, Accumoli and Arcquata del Tronto. Accumoli is the nearest to the epicenter of the earthquake. It is a tragedy and first of all our condolences go to the families, relatives and friends of the victims hit by this great pain.
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27 May Could have HAZUR avoided the tyre dump fire near Madrid?

Weekly Post Seseña On Friday 13 May a tyre dump near a residential development in Seseña (36 km from Madrid city centre) went up in flames. Since 2001, tyres have been dumped at this illegal dump stretching over 10 hectares. And even if the site was declared illegal and its owner convicted of environmental crime, none cleaning up measures had been undertaken. Two weeks after the event, the fire is under control and, according to official data, the pollution remains within legal thresholds. However, neighbours are advised not to open doors and windows, schools remain closed, and there is a controversy over how the incident is being handled. Would a resilience plan have helped? We do think so.
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