Live a hundred years. Longevity and future city

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Live a hundred years. Longevity and future city

LIVE 100 YEARS . Longevity and Future City . Research Seminar . MPAA 2013-14 . ETSAM . Project led by Blanca Lleó collaboration with The Japan Foundation , The Tokyo University (Prof. Manabu Chiba ) and ICEX .

Current scientific advances allow predict that the vast majority of humans born today , come to live a hundred years .

The INE has published population projections for the next decade . Life expectancy of the Spaniards , already in a while one of the longest in the world, will continue to expand to the point that in 2022 it will be 87 years for women and 81.8 years for males , 2.5 and 1.9 years longer than the current life expectancy . In 2022 will be 9.7 million people with more than 64 years, 1.5 more than now.

Moreover, in large areas of the globe , especially in Europe and Japan, the age groups with increasing vitality are becoming one of the largest groups . Their needs and demands , in some unknown way given the new longevity, are a priority and an essential area of ​​research for companies , politicians , managers , professionals and society in general.

It is a huge challenge , because in the near future will have to respond to a prolonged existence implying reconsider the value of time , experience and memory , accessibility , functionality and adaptation , diversity , integration and coexistence, and many other essential aspects of our way of life today.

As architects we are called to think the city tomorrow for a population already having and will have a growing quantity and quality of life both individually and collectively . “It is an absolutely crucial fact never appreciated the full importance of all great cultures are cultures City ” recalls Peter Sloterdijk . The emerging aging society of XXI century in our environment is causing a demographic transformation , and it acts as a germ of a cultural change that once again will set in an urban environment.

Year Dual Spain – Japan 2013-2014

On the subject of this study on Longevity and Future City , Japan’s case is particularly significant because the population is the longest in the world and also the most decreasing . Just to cite one of such data : this year have reached the record of 54,397 Japanese over 100 years ( in 1963 they were only 153) and it is estimated that in 2060 40% of Japanese will be over 65 .

Year Dual Spain – Japan 2013-2014 offers a particularly suitable framework for carrying out this research project Longevity and Future City in a ratio of academic exchange at the highest college level. So we’ve established an agreement between the School of Architecture at the University of Tokyo and the School of Architecture ( ETSAM) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid through the respective groups of laboratory projects led by the eminent architect and professor Manabu Chiba, and research seminar led by professor White Lleó as Project Master program within the MPAA.

In the context of university-business collaboration .

With this research project we anticipate the immediate future thinking and projecting from the present. And our reflection framework wants to be integrated into contemporary reality. We therefore propose to work closely with service companies and products interested in the subject of longevity in relation to architecture and the city. Our objective is therefore to establish collaboration with the departments I + D + i of the leading Spanish companies and brands that are focusing their future from social responsibility and sustainability.

Some areas of research within the general theme propose Longevity and Future City are:

. Architecture, Health, Food and Sports .

. Mobility and future city.

. Architecture and technologies of everyday life .

. New materials and new sensations.

. Mechanisms and architectural prosthesis.

. Designated sociability , conviviality and synergies .

. Creative City , knowledge society .

Structure of teaching and research.

Longevity and City Future research will be conducted simultaneously in Japan and Spain from different approaches as appropriate to the circumstances and referents cultures are as diverse as the Spanish and Japanese , and within working groups led by Professor Manabu Chiba University of Tokyo and Professor Blanca Lleó of the Polytechnic University of Madrid respectively. It is studying the possibility of carrying out a shift of a delegation of the Japanese group to Spain and other Spanish team to Japan.

The whole work is divided into two stages. A first phase of research in which the two groups separately held jobs in their respective Schools of Architecture in Tokyo and Madrid. And a second stage that will be sharing much of the progress of the work in progress and the results obtained through research . These meetings include sessions critical debates and conferences to be held at both universities , both in Tokyo and Madrid, which also participate in the I + D + i groups of the selected companies .

The Spanish working group will be led by Professor White Lleó that impart the research seminar live 100 years. Longevity and Future City Program in Architectural Design Master Advanced MPAA 2013-2014 ETSAM The seminar will last 80 hours, an academic endowment of 8 credits and will start on Monday, March 3, 2014 . Each student will work in direct contact with the department R & D + i in a specially selected Spanish company involved in the theme of the seminar . Further work will be visits to companies and group discussion sessions with their managers in order to gather information and exchange ideas. Thus, the university and the business world join forces , knowledge and talent to think and plan the architecture and the city , and thus make it available to a growing sector of aging population will be the majority in the imminent future.

This study is intended as a collaborative project. Throughout the entire process will be an open – both academic , professional and business – like through the network in real time dissemination , and the final results will be published .

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