Areti Markopoulou is a Greek architect, researcher and urban technologist working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, where she also leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact and transform the present and future of our built spaces, the way we live and interact. Her research and practice seek to redefine architecture as a performative “body” beyond traditional notions of static materiality, approximate data, or standardized manufacturing.
Areti is co-founder of StudioP52 and co-editor of Urban Next, a global network focused on rethinking architecture through the contemporary urban milieu. She is the project coordinator of a number of European Research funded Projects on topics including urban regeneration though technologies, circular design and construction and multidisciplinary educational models in the digital age. Areti has also served as a curator of international exhibitions such as Future Arena and On Site Robotics (Building Barcelona Construmat 2019 and 2017), Print Matter (In3dustry 2016), HyperCity (Shenzhen Bi-city Biennale, 2015) and MyVeryOwnCity (World Bank, BR Barcelona, 2011), and her work has been featured in exhibitions worldwide.
Competitive cities versus liveable cities
We will start the session by explaining briefly how Barcelona has evolved into one of the most renowned Smart Cities in the world, and which of the projects seem to be working versus the numerous hurdles Barcelona has encountered in the process. Then, we would like to encourage participation of the attendees with some questions that can be summarized as follows:
- Is it compatible to facilitate mobility with quality of life and sustainability?
- What are the changes in our cities that condition the mobility model?
- Do these changes take us towards more sustainable or towards more competitive cities?