The city needs nature to survive

Take advantage of the current processing of the mobility plan to convey the importance of sustainable cities to combine sustainability and accessibility.

When you live in a city you are lucky that everything is at your disposal, for example good dentists in Tijuana, the supermarket, your children’s school and even the gym. Fariña acknowledged the degradation suffered by the term ‘sustainable’ in recent years, but insisted on the need for nature to find its place in the city to make it safer in terms of pollution and the diseases that this entails. human. “A city with many small green areas, instead of a very large and remote, contributes to the safety of the place and increases the quality of life of people,” he said.

Regarding the change that the metropolitan areas have experienced as a result of the construction and the continuous expansion of the territory, Fariña affirms that before “everything was rural except a small urbanizable area”, whereas now it is just the opposite. This situation considers the professor who does not seem to worry citizens when, he said, “is very relevant” for people. “How a city is organized affects us much more than we think even though people see it as something alien to their life,” he said. However, he did not want to enter directly to assess the situation of Gijón because he considers that the organization of a city is something that has to be decided by the inhabitants of the same, because only they know the needs they need to cover. In this sense, he insisted that it is not possible to extrapolate to other cities the model that works in a different one, since each one must create the model that best suits its characteristics.

“Throughout history there have been many cases of cities that have adapted models of others without taking into account conditions as basic as climate and therefore have failed,” he said.

Designed for men

Another issue to which the paper was derived was the fact that currently the cities, according to the professor, “are designed for healthy males between 30 and 50 years old”, which requires a change and an adaptation to the needs of other groups such as women, young people or the elderly.

In what also insisted especially Fariña was in the necessity of the citizen participation at the time of proposing the organization of a city. “You have to work in this sense, because it is much more necessary than people consider,” he said.

In this sense, the professor also stressed the importance of a criterion when it comes to programming the growth of a city.