Which the Principles of Ecosystemic Urbanism for Citiy Planning ?

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At Citythinking we have grounded our research and development on the Principles of the Ecosystemic Urbanism, stated by Salvador Rueda and his team in Barcelona, a city where they have been able to work and test their theories. Theses principles aim to be the instrument that will help to shape the new paradigm that is coming altogether with the digital age; and that should allow, in these areas, to dematerialize the economy and generate a new strategy to compete, between territories, based on information and knowledge.

  • The Ecosystemic urbanism considers the city as an ecosystem, the most complex created by human species.
  • A system is a set of physicochemical elements that enter into relation and that, at the same time, establish a set of restrictions on the behavior of the elements that, in the end, allow to identify it.
  • The definition allows us to understand as a system a room, a building, a neighborhood, a city or a metropolis, in other words, that the system idea is scalable. In all cases, the definition is fulfilled.
  • The laxity of the definition allows us to understand that outside the systems there is nothing, hence its strength and the need to approach them in a holistic and «systemic» way. When a system has organisms among its components, it is called «ecosystem».

Human beings are the main component of urban ecosystems. Addressing the current complexity of urban ecosystems requires the definition of urban models that, on the one hand, synthesize the strategic elements of the city and, on the other, include the intentions to meet the current challenges.

The urban model chosen by the Ecosystemic urbanism is compact in its morphology, complex in its organization, metabolically efficient and socially cohesive.

  • The Ecosystemic urbanism defines 15 principles that fill with content the four axes of the model. These principles are related in a systemic way and determine the degree of balance between the parties.
  • The current technologies allow us to objectify and quantify each of the variables that accompany the Ecosystemic urbanism principles, and allow us to evaluate globally any transformation proposal and its degree of concordance to the values that guarantee urban equilibrium.