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29 June 2021

The Resilient Metropolis

Third session "Barcelona Tomorrow"

The third session of the “Barcelona Tomorrow” process looks at two of today’s major challenges: the climate emergency and urban health.


In the coming years, the metropolitan area of Barcelona will be faced with major challenges: mitigating the now inevitable effects of climate change; accelerating the energy transition; and promoting a greener, more sustainable, healthier urban model. Concepts like resilience, efficiency and sustainability will be key in the design of public space, housing and buildings, and transport infrastructure, as well as in the articulation of supply networks – whether for energy or food. Given the horizon of an increasingly dense Barcelona, in this session we will debate how to rethink the metropolis to make it more amenable and healthier for its inhabitants, in addition to greener and more respectful of the ecosystems to which it belongs.

The third day in the participatory process “Barcelona Tomorrow”, organised by the Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan, curated Anna Pérez Català y Andreu Ulied, and coordinated by Marc Garcia, includes three round table debates with local and international experts, and will close out with a conversation moderated by the university platform

09.00 – 10.45 a.m.
Climate Emergency

09:00 – 09:10 a.m. Welcome
09:10 – 09:50 a.m. Dan Hill, director of strategic design at Vinnova, the Swedish state innovation agency

09:50 – 10:45 a.m. Debate
Dan Vivas, spokesperson for the Fridays for Future movement
Maite Pérez, head of the department of mobility at the Barcelona Institute of Regional and Metropolitan Studies
Assumpta Farran, managing director of the Catalan Institute of Energy, Generalitat de Catalunya
Xavier BernatEcological and Just Transition director at Aigües de Barcelona 

Moderator: Martí Oliveras, geographer and meteorologist at RAC1/RAC105

12:00 – 13:45 p.m.
Environmental Emergency

12:00 – 13:10 p.m. Debate
Pablo Martínez, founder of 300.000 km/s and author of the air/aria/aire project for the Venice Biennale
Sandra Carrera, economic and public relations coordinator at the Network for the Conservation of Nature (XCN)
Jordi Valls, General Manager of Mercabarna
Narciso Berberana, CEO of the consulting firm Suez, rapporteur for the Green New Deal Commission at the Cercle d’Economia

Moderator: Cori Calero, journalist at TV3

13:10 – 13:45 p.m. Isabelle Anguelovski, director of the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability - ICTA

16.00 – 17.45 p.m.
Healthy Territories

16.00 – 16.30 p.m. Carlos Moreno, urban planner and scientific director of “Entrepreneurship, Territory, Innovation” at the University of Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne

16.30 – 17.45 p.m. Debate
Carme Borrell, manager of the Barcelona Public Health Agency
Raul Chanclon, Sales & Marketing manager, Casa SEAT
Gerardo Wadel, founding partner of Societat Orgànica
Rosa Suriñach, coordinator of the Cities Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP), UN-​Habitat

Moderator: David GuerreroLa Vanguardia

18:00 – 19:30 p.m.
Future Dialogues. How can we create sustainable and healthy cities by 2030?

Alba Cabañas, director of LabEcoinnova
Xavier BasagañaISGlobal

Moderator: Laura


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