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Debate . Barcelona

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Centre Obert d’Arquitectura


Sala Mirador
Plaça Nova 5


At 18:00 PM



As explained in the previous days, moving from the well to the flow means occupying territory. All renewables share the fact that they are less concentrated and more dispersed, and in addition to intermittent, coal, oil or natural gas are elements with a high concentrated energy. Renewables: photovoltaic or solar thermal, wind, hydraulic, energy of movement in the sea (tides and sea currents), biomass, biogas… are not concentrated, and not even hydrogen as a new emerging vector is present in nature. Therefore, we will have to capture and “manufacture” it where it is needed and, if possible, near the point of consumption, because it is not easy to transport it.

To be aware of the dimensions of the challenge and to talk about the possible difficulties, today we have two speakers who can shed light on what the position should be to move forward in this desired creation of a new energy model based 100% on clean and renewable energy.

Today, at the Climate Challenge cycle we will talk about: ‘Territory and energy: territory as a catchment network‘ with Carles Riba, industrial engineer, professor emeritus at the UPC and author of the book “Energy resources and crisis, the end of 200 unrepeatable years” and Pep Centelles, an engineer from the UPC with a master’s degree in urban economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. We will have the moderation of Jordi Parés, industrial engineer and member of the CMES board.

The climate challenge

Climate change is one of the most important challenges 21st century society has to face, and it is essential that we all take responsibility for it and that no one is left out. It is necessary to promote social actions and incorporate important changes in public policy with the aim of mitigating pollutant emissions and implementing measures to adapt to their effects, which are already inevitable today. At the same time, there is a need to work hard on information, communication and education, so that society can act knowingly and be aware of the need and urgency of implementing these changes. In this sense, the Open Centre of Architecture organises open and transversal debates with the aim of making a tour of the causes and demands of the climate challenge, reflecting on the necessary change of production and energy model, and making a final reflection about the territory and the city.

Organising committee

- Guim Costa Calsamiglia, architect, vice dean of the COAC.
- Albert Cuchí, architect, expert in sustainability and the environment, president of the AUS.
- Jordi Parés i Grahit, industrial engineer, member of the CMES board.


Session 1: 22 February - Historical coincidence or anthropogenic action: changes in the production model.
Session 2: March 1 - Resource Management: from the well to the flow.
Session 3: 10 March - New energy vectors and technical challenges.
Session March 4:15 - Territory and energy: the territory as a catchment network.
Session 5: March 22 - The territory that takes place: biodiversity, agri-food model, depopulation, tourism ...
Session 6: March 29 - The Future City: Tools for Urban Transformation.

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