Patricia Molina Costa

Patricia Molina Costa
Tecnalia · Sustainable Construction

PhD Urban Planning

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Introduction
Urban Planner PhD (2016) and Architect by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain, 2005) with a Master degree from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2011). She currently leads the Urban Regeneration Lab at Tecnalia. Prior to joining Tecnalia, Patricia was Fulbright scholar at MIT (2010-2011), and worked at the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab, 2011-2013). From 2004-2010 Patricia worked as Senior Planner in a private office in Madrid, and she was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the UPM. From 2002-2012 she was part of Laboratorio Urbano, a non-profit advocacy planning association, and of the Observatorio Metropolitano, a critical research platform.

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This paper focuses on the big transformation experienced by the city of Madrid in the last years, due to the impact of globalization in local territorial dynamics. The insertion of the city in global economy has come together with an accelerated economic growth and the spectacular expansion of Spanish corporative capital. These processes have print...
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Research on collaborative planning has mainly focused on visioning stages, while little attention has been paid to the implementation of the resulting plans. This paper explores the challenges and opportunities facing the implementation of collaborative neighborhood redevelopment, given the context set by neoliberal political economy and its partic...
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Energy renovation of post-World War II private multifamily residential buildings has been identified to have a great deal of energy-saving potential but faces a great challenge across Europe, and especially in South Europe, due to fragmented property structures and longer return periods in energy efficiency investments. However, there is great deal...
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How can local authorities effectively approach the decarbonisation of urban environments? Recent efforts to redirect cities into a less energy-intensive model have been mostly approached from a sectoral perspective, with specific energy policies and plans being issued without deeply considering their ties with other urban aspects. In this sense, we...
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RESUMEN: El objetivo del artículo es analizar las políticas de apoyo a la rehabilitación energética de viviendas en Francia y Alemania, dos de los países europeos con mayores tasas de renovación. Para ello se analizan los documentos oficiales de la administración central de ambos países, acudiendo a los boletines oficiales y a fuentes primarias de...
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La regeneración de las ciudades existentes se enfrenta a importantes desafíos, dada la complejidad de actuar en entornos consolidados y habitados. La necesidad de aplicar un enfoque integrado y multidimensional, así como la dificultad de llevar a la práctica los planes que se diseñan, son algunos de los retos más importantes identificados en este á...
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Given the current climate emergency, our planet is suffering. Mitigation measures must be urgently deployed in urban environments, which are responsible for more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. In this sense, a deeper integration between energy and urban planning disciplines is a key factor for effective decarbonisation in urban environments. Thi...
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How can local authorities effectively address the decarbonization of urban environments in the long run? How would their interests and expertise be aligned into an integrated approach towards decarbonization? This paper delves into how strategic processes can help to integrate diverse disciplines and stakeholders when facing urban decarbonization a...
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How can local authorities effectively address the decarbonization of urban environments in the long run? How would their interests and expertise be aligned into an integrated approach towards decarbonization? This paper delves into how strategic processes can help to integrate diverse disciplines and stakeholders when facing urban decarbonization a...
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Fossil fuels-based human activity over time has generated unacceptable local levels of air pollution and GHG emissions. One of main implications of this activity is Climate Change, which unforeseen consequences are already impacting at local and global scales. This research is focused on defining an effective framework to shift that trend in the lo...
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La actividad humana basada en combustibles fósiles ha generado niveles inaceptables de contaminación local y emisiones de efecto invernadero. Una de las principales implicaciones de esta actividad es el Cambio Climático y sus consecuencias impredecibles, que ya impactan tanto a escala local como global. Esta investigación se centra en la definició...
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Síntesis "Plan Maestro de Regeneración urbana y Reconversión productiva de los cuatro distritos centrales de San José"
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Las asociaciones de vecinos jugaron un papel fundamental en los años previos a la redacción del Plan General de 1985. Por ello, con el objetivo de darles voz en este libro, se resume en este texto la entrevista realizada en enero de 2018 a uno de sus principales protagonistas, Félix López Rey, líder vecinal de la Meseta de Orcasitas desde los inici...
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Al inicio de este siglo XXI, las ciudades españolas tienen ante sí un reto que, en términos cuantitativos, supera con mucho al referido a la rehabilitación de centros históricos y primeros ensanches. Se trata de la rehabilitación de un tejido específico de nuestras ciudades, los barrios de bloque abierto construidos entre 1940-1980, en los que se e...
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Asumiendo que la financiación es una cuestión clave para impulsar las actuaciones de rehabilitación y regeneración urbana en el actual contexto económico, se analizan una serie de casos, nacionales e internacionales, para evaluar qué nuevos enfoques pueden servir para construir fórmulas innovadoras, de gestión y financiación, que impulsen este tipo...
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La regeneración urbana es clave en la apuesta por una ciudad más sostenible. En los últimos años, se han impulsado numerosas iniciativas basadas en la mejora de la eficiencia energética, la habitabilidad y la accesibilidad, pero han sido poco exitosas en cuanto que no resolvían otros problemas fundamentales que afectan a estas áreas como la vulnera...
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En las últimas tres décadas, las dinámicas de restructuración económica a nivel global han redefinido radicalmente el papel de las ciudades. La transición del keynesianismo al neoliberalismo ha provocado un cambio en las políticas urbanas de los gobiernos municipales, que han abandonado progresivamente las tareas de regulación y redistribución para...
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El concepto de Smart City es aún difuso y está sujeto a diversidad de interpretaciones: desde visiones centradas en la incorporación de nuevas tecnologías de la información y comunicación (TIC) para mejorar el funcionamiento y la gestión de la ciudad, hasta visiones más holísticas que hablan de una combinación de hardware tecnológico y software hum...
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Este trabajo presenta una metodología desarrollada por Tecnalia para el desarrollo de una Estrategia Smart integrada, entendiendo este concepto como un instrumento al servicio de una visión de futuro: un proyecto de ciudad que impulse la sostenibilidad social (cohesión-ciudadanía-participación), económica (desarrollo local) y medioambiental (sosten...
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This paper describes a methodology for the demarcation of priority areas for integrated urban regeneration. This methodology was developed and applied in the municipality of Sestao (Basque Country), resulting in the identification of priority areas and lines of action, which will help the municipal government to define its strategy for integrated u...
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This thesis explores the challenges and opportunities of the community-based redevelopment model in a neoliberal economic context. Drawing on a review of the history and theories of redevelopment and governance in the United States, it analyzes the particular case of Jackson Square, a community-led redevelopment process in a low-income neighborhood...
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El llamado suelo urbano en el ámbito del planeamiento urbanístico no es otra cosa que la ciudad propiamente dicha, la ciudad que ya existe, que engloba tanto la ciudad histórica heredada como los recientes desarrollos urbanísticos. Es, por tanto, un espacio complejo compuesto de muchas realidades, donde se encuentran áreas con problemas de índole m...

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To assess the potential benefits, risks and impact of implementing a long-term sustainable framework for data-driven decision-making in the field of urban planning for aging well in cities, by means of an engagement strategy with relevant stakeholders and users, supported by disruptive technologies such as urban digital twins, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and gamification.
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Energy retrofitting of post-World War II private multifamily residential buildings has been identified as a great challenge across Europe. Lack of adequate investment schemes, misalignment between residents' needs and grants and loans' design, complex governance and management, as well as scattered demand are hindering the great energy saving potential captured in this sector, especially in South Europe, where fragmented property structure and longer return periods in energy efficiency investments complicate reaching agreements to retrofit. To tackle this complex challenge, AGREE aims at triggering investments in EE retrofitting of private multifamily building estates through the design, deployment, and dissemination of innovative and replicable mechanisms for: 1) Demand activation and aggregation based on an integrated approach to retrofitting that includes EE and other drivers such as improved habitability and accessibility, benefitting from cost-effective retrofitting by aggregation of demand of similar building types, built at the same time and inhabited by similar populations. 2) Specific financing solution based on demand segmentation and tailored combination of grants and loans through the activation of a specific Retrofitting Fund led by the Basque Government in concertation with the private finance community, to reach traditionally excluded populations and unlock EE retrofitting in multi-ownership buildings. 3) Improved governance ensuring residents, the finance community, and other relevant stakeholders' engagement along the process, as well as multilevel coordination for effective policy design and implementation, with local authorities supporting residents along the whole process. Led by the Basque Government, AGREE consortium and relevant stakeholders will co-design and implement an innovative and replicable Deployment Package to retrofit multifamily building estates dating from 1940-80 in 3 pilot cases in the Basque Country, mobilizing an investment of 8.5M€.