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Health & Wellness

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Richard Sennet laments in Constructing and Housing that contemporary urban planning has become a broken discipline, divided between knowledge about building and knowledge about living. To overcome this split, we may have to return to the origins of the discipline, as in the times of the modern movement when both of these types of knowledge were inseparable. We must build an open, inclusive, healthy, porous, habitable city that is full of interactions and infiltrations instead of the model of closed borders that dominates the modern metropolis; where urban habitats are cut up into parts separated by traffic flows and by isolation between areas of different uses or income levels.

An inclusive city

The necessary environmental revolution that we are proposing must affect the way of making a city, coinciding with the social revolution that we are experiencing in this century. The awareness of inequalities caused by economic status, gender, functional diversity, racialisation or age must also lead to a reflection on the role that urban planning can play in mitigating these inequalities.

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Healthy public spaces

Biophilic cities are defined as cities that contain abundant sources of nature, cities that care about protecting and restoring the natural world and which strive to foster deep connections with the natural world to facilitate their enjoyment on a permanent basis. Batlleiroig puts nature at the centre of its decision-making due to the deep respect we have for the territory and because we believe that it is the best strategy to improve the health and well-being of people.

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Well buildings, the user at the center

The buildings must achieve spatial, physical and material comfort, which in turn fosters the health and well-being of its users. The project for the Administrative Campus of the Catalan government is the first building in Catalonia to have LEED Platinum and WELL certifications. But more important than these certifications and in line with our “LEED is not enough” criteria, it is a place designed to offer the best conditions to its users, even during the pandemic.

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More sustainability

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Self-sufficiency

Using small-scale ecological strategies. These strategies are a local response to global problems, actions that can be carried out in our nearby territory and that need to be the alternative to large energy production, water supply, waste accumulation or food production operations.

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Cool Island

Designing a bioclimatic city. We must plan cities – public spaces and buildings – that have every potential connection to promote ecological, urban and metropolitan connectiveness that reinforces the social character of our actions and which acquire the bioclimatic quality necessary to mitigate the effects produced by climate change.

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