Selection of Criteria for the Systematization of Technologies for a Sustainable Urban Water Cycle Management
The need to enhance research on hydric resources management in our cities in order to address the increasing unsustainability of traditional urban models developed along the past decades in the Mediterranean region is already a fact, as confirmed by multiple national and international institutions and projects—such as the European SWITCH Project Managing Water for the City of the Future (2006–2011) that carries out a deep comparative study between the conventional Urban Water Cycle management and the new view of this management from a holistic perspective. Proceeding from this need, the implementation of hydro-efficient strategies and technologies in inhabited spaces, that should always be based on Sustainability, is a priority as well as their approach, on an urgent basis, to the stakeholders involved in urban planning. With a view to fulfill this last aim, the systematization of the information presently available on those strategies and technologies is considered of great interest in order to facilitate a better knowledge of them to the abovementioned technical actors and, thus, increases the chances of their implementation, on a real level, in architectural and urban projects in our settlements. Finally, in order to increase the effectiveness of this action, a careful analysis and selection of the criteria used for such systematization has been judged fundamental. For that reason, this issue has already been addressed by the author in previous works, initially with the multidisciplinary research team Aqua-Riba (2013-2015) and subsequently on an individual basis (Prieto-Thomas 2015).
KeywordsHydro-efficiency Eco-efficient technologies Sustainable building Sustainable urban planning Systematization criteria
To Doctors Jaime Navarro, Leandro del Moral and Laura Pozo from the University of Seville for trusting me, as well as to Juan José Sendra for staying with me along this long university journey together with the rest of my colleagues. Besides, to all the Aqua-Riba Project team for their great work and generosity. Especially to Ángela Lara for her many contributions.
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