Course (certified) on Tech Diplomacy

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01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021


The project aims to raise awareness of personal responsibility and self-control as a way of solving acoustic problems in cities and also aims to develop proposals for improving the urban environment. The proposals will include ideas related to the revitalisation of the city from an urban, social and economic sustainability perspective.

There is a tendency in society to think that noise problems can be solved exclusively through increased isolation (social and acoustic), which generates an aggressive city model. In contrast to this aggressive model, noise problems can be tackled through a collaborative approach and personal responsibility. A case in point is the Saconia neighbourhood in Madrid (or the city of poets). The brick blocks, with their characteristic flush windows, their saw-shaped profiles and their passageways, nowadays present noise problems.

This project aims to reverse the situation and incorporate people as a fundamental part of the process of using the building. This approach complements and develops the technical training that students receive, taking them out of their comfort zone to reinforce their learning, complementing the theoretical aspects with eminently practical issues. This is based on the analysis of the dwellings and their façades in question. Data will be collected using methodological sheets, surveys of the users of the dwellings, photographs, acoustic measurements, etc.

On the one hand, the project aims to raise awareness of responsibility and personal initiative and self-control as a way of solving problems in cities and, at the same time, to provide solutions to improve the urban environment. On the other hand, it also favours the formation of values and learning of the university students who will participate in the project.


A guide of recommendations including good practices will be published so that it can be used by any interested person and help users to have a better coexistence, knowledge of the problems and possible solutions. The drafting of the guide will be carried out, above all, with the aim of helping neighbourhood communities.

The resulting guide of recommendations will be disseminated in several ways and in several directions:

AECOR (Spanish Association Against Noise) will be contacted and sent to them so that they can use it and disseminate it if they consider it appropriate.

The Neighbourhood Association of the neighbourhood where the work is carried out will be contacted and delivered (if the work is carried out in the Saconia neighbourhood of Madrid, it would be the Neighbourhood Association “Ciudad de los Poetas”).

 The two management and administration companies of homeowners’ associations in the neighbourhood will be contacted and delivered.

It will be sent directly to those users who have authorised us to send it to them through the survey.

 It will be published via WEB through the GIE blog.

We will also inform about this initiative and the link to the guide through the teachers’ personal social networks and the existing institutional ones, specifically through Linkedin and Twitter.

SDG info

Relevant SDGs

SDG11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
SDG3 - Good Health and Well-being

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Egalitarian Societies: Opportunities for Everyone (ES: O4E)




Activity provider / partner

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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