Sorigué discusses the future of Barcelona at the 2022 REACT conference

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Sorigué discusses the future of Barcelona at the 2022 REACT conference

April 1, 2022

Mar Subarroca, head of Sorigué’s Research Lab, took part in the 2022 REACT conference held by Barcelona City Council, which reflected on the future of public spaces.

The head of Sorigué’s Research Lab, Mar Subarroca, took part in the session entitled “Challenges for Urban Spaces in a Post-Carbon Society” at the 2022 REACT conference, held from 30 March to 1 April at Barcelona’s Disseny Hub. The conference brought together local, national and international experts and leaders to discuss how to reactivate the city’s economy and innovate in public spaces under Agenda 2030.
The session focused on the need for rearranging and transforming public spaces to successfully de-carbonise cities, leading to better quality of life for citizens. One of the paths discussed for making that transformation was innovation in the construction and material-manufacturing sector.
“We know that public-private partnerships must always be the model for success”, said Mar when discussing the idea of promoting ties between government, companies and schools of architecture, design and engineering, in order to boost innovation.
It is our responsibility, and we are doing this by working on designing and creating knowledge to meet societal and environmental demands”, she added.

The round table was moderated by Toni Montes Boada, Master’s programme director and researcher/director at Elisava, and also featured: the co-director of Elisava’s Design for City Making platform, Albert Fuster Martí; the chair of the Architects' Association of Catalonia’s Barcelona Branch; and Barcelona City Council’s head architect, Xavier Matilla.
The REACT conference also delved into other initiatives, such as promoting strategic industries for the city’s economy; the role of innovation and science; establishing the city as an economic hub; and the value of creativity when applied to industry, and many more. 
Some of the conference’s stand-out attendees were: Teresa Ribera, Spain’s third vice-president and minister for Ecological Transition; Diana Morant, minister of Science and Innovation; Bruce Katz, director and founder of Drexel University; and Francesco La Camera, director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), amongst others.