The Spanish Network for Smart Cities (RECI) now consists of 49 cities.
The three key factors forming the concept of a smart city are education, environmentally conscious planning and new technologies.
Smart city professor and researcher Juan Freire shares his personal definition of urban space: «Although we are not conscious of it, we connect emotionally with cities, land, countries… based on their relationship with the people who pass through our lives. All of geography is emotional… or else it is just a map that does not represent reality in any way.»
The concept of smart cities
A smart city is an urban model that successfully combines technology, information and environmental conservation while reducing energy costs. Smart cities are a response to the environmental impact caused by progressive population growth.
According to Construcción21.eu, the UN has stated that «the increase in city populations could become a true problem unless they are able to maintain the harmony between spatial, social and environmental aspects in the cities as well as among their inhabitants.»
The birth of the spanish network for smart cities
In 2012, the Spanish Network of Smart Cities was formally constructed. Íñigo de la Serna, the mayor of Santander, currently presides over the network.
The RECI is made up of 49 cities: A Coruña, Albacete, Alcalá de Henares, Alcobendas, Alcorcón, Alicante, Alzira, Aranjuez, Ávila, Badajoz, Barcelona, Burgos, Cáceres, Castellón, Córdoba, Guadalajara, Elche, Fuengirola, Gijón, Huelva, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Logroño, Lugo, Huesca, Madrid, Majadahonda, Málaga, Marbella, Móstoles, Motril, Murcia, Palencia, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, Ponferrada, Oviedo, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Sabadell, Salamanca, Santander, Segovia, Sevilla, Tarragona, Torrejón de Ardoz, Torrent, Valencia, Valladolid, Vitoria-Gasteiz y Zaragoza.
The goal of the network is to develop a sustainable management system that improves the quality of life for citizens while contributing to energy savings, personal safety and sustainable mobility.
The Spanish city of Rivas-Vaciamadrid was honored for its initiatives with the award for 2013’s best sustainable urban mobility plan.