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Resources Efficient and Resilient City San Luis Potosí

In Autumn 2018 four members of the ITT and the CIAD (Cologne Institute of Architectural Design, TH Köln) participated in the workshop „Resources Efficient and Resilient City San Luis Potosí” (REC²SLP) in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The activity was funded within the framework of the BMBF Mexico Day and jointly organized with the Agenda Ambiental of the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi.

Urban Sprawl of San Luis Potosi – Industry and housing (Photo: Günther Straub)

Against the background of San Luis Potosi’s strong urbanization and the increasing growth of industrial areas in the outskirts of the city, the workshop aimed at setting up the stakeholder alliance “Resources Efficient and Resilient City San Luis Potosí”.

Participants from universities, public and private sectors entities identified potentials for a long-term, multilateral cooperation and shared ideas for a sustainable San Luis Potosí – the focus hereby was on the local industry, especially on transnational German companies.

Different ways of manufacturing (from manual work to industry 4.0) were presented to the participants in visits of the production sites of the automotive parts suppliers Cummins, Kipp, Bosch and Continental. An example of a corporate social responsibility strategy was demonstrated in the peri-urban marginal settlement ‘La Pila’ which is located in the direct vicinity of the SLP industrial zone. In La Pila, the US automotive supplier Cummins supports the local community and especially the elementary school in the implementation of a school garden, construction works, energy efficiency measures and on-site solar energy production.

Cummins social enterprise manual work: People with and without disabilities working in palett recycling. (Photo: Günther Straub)

Part of the workshop program was as well a meeting with the INEGI statistical office.

The workshop served to deepen and consolidate existing cooperation structures of the two universities with local stakeholders, to set up an agenda for future research projects and to create opportunities for a science-society-dialogue in the new Interdisciplinary Master Program “Resource Efficient Cities” (IMaREC) which is scheduled to start in the fall term 2019. 

The consortium consists of Prof. Johannes Hamhaber, Prof. Jochen Siegemund (CIAD, Fakultät für Architektur), Günther Straub (ITT), Maren Krätzschmar (ITT / Faculty of Architecture).

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