Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN) participates in the course on “Urban Planning, Gender and Participation: Other ways of thinking the city”. The event will take place in Santander on July 10 and 11, at the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), which co-organizes the course with the UNESCO Chair of Gender Policy of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM).
The meeting targets undergraduates in construction-related fields, as well as architects and urban planners from the public and private sectors. It aims to review criteria, approaches and experiences applied at the national and international level to mainstream gender and citizen participation into urban development.
The organisers of the event sought to engage DCN in this course as Madrid Nuevo Norte is the best example of how to integrate all social sectors and different urban uses into urban development.
Antonio Béjar, president of DCN, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. Inés Sanchez de Madariaga, the Director of the UNESCO Chair on Gender Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation of the UPM, and Inés Novella Abril, Researcher of the UNESCO Chair on Gender Policies in Science, Technology and Innovation of the UPM will lead the course. Leading international experts will also attend the event.
On the 11th, Gema del Pozo, DCN’s Social Engagement Manager will talk about participation and social engagement in urban development initiatives. She is also a panellist for the group discussion on “Practical experiences in integrating participation into urban planning”.
Madrid Nuevo Norte is the first, large urban project in Spain that includes a gender impact report from the planning phase. A project of this magnitude that is integrated into the city, and which directly impacts over 500,000 people, cannot be accomplished in the 21st-century with our backs to the citizens. Key to this endeavour is the incorporation of their needs into the project.
Madrid Nuevo Norte is a unique opportunity to rethink current city models and mainstream gender into urban planning, design and management.
The full program of the course can be found here.