El País launches

On the date of World Cities Day, El País-Planeta Futuro launches “Seres Urbanos”, a space dedicated to the importance of urban areas worldwide.

Currently, more than half of the world population lives in cities. This figure is supposed to reach 70% by 2050. This situation poses great challenges to citizens around the world who face difficulties related to housing, mobility, water, security, etc. Seres Urbanos is born with the desire to broadcast these issues and with the aim of finding answers.  It will do so through cross-cutting themes, as well as multiple voices who want to present and discuss different facets of contemporary cities around the world.

The blog will have Fernando Casado, director at CAD and promoter of Toward the Human City, as a permanent contributor.  The collaboration premiered with “The city we need”. In this article, he describes the experience that was the first Urban Thinkers Campus organized by UN Habitat and the World Urbain Campaign. This event brought together philosophers, writers, journalists, bloggers, urbanists, makers and designers, who were entrusted with the task of building the city we need.

Hacia La Ciudad Humana is an ambitious project, directed by Fernando Casado and Paula García Serna, which aims to identify, document, and communicate initiatives, programs, and public policies that make significant improvements in the way we think about cities and how we manage them, in order to make them more human and inclusive. The goal is to document 100 innovative initiatives in more than 45 cities during the next year and a half to be presented along the roadmap towards Habitat III.

For more information see:

Seres Urbanos: http://blogs.elpais.com/seres-urbanos/

Towards The Human City: http://towardsthehumancity.org/

Twitter Towards The Human City: @AHumanCity