On December 10th, 2019 leadership from the MIT City Science group and the University of Guadalajara met to sign a three year cooperation agreement. With this agreement, the teams will develop a new process to enable more livable and resilient communities using tangible and digital platforms dedicated to solving spatial design and urban planning challenges in the context of Guadalajara.
The agreement was signed by Ricardo Villanueva Lomelí, the Rector General of UdeG and Kent Larson, the Director of the MIT City Science group. Carlos Iván Moreno Arellano, the Chief Academic Office of UdeG, Luis Alonso Pastor, Research Scientist at MIT City Science, and Carmen Margarita Hernández Ortiz, the Vice Provost for Research, Graduate Studies and Outreach for UdeG were witnesses. Collaborators, students, other university leadership, and press were in attendance. Read about the event in the news.
The MIT Media Lab City Science group and the University of Guadalajara previously collaborated on two workshops to determine potential directions for the cooperation agreement. The first workshop was exploratory, posing the questions "Why Guadalajara? What can we do to create a more livable, equitable and entrepreneurial city?" It was hosted at the University of Guadalajara Tonalá campus. The second workshop focused on issues and opportunities related to equity and security. It was hosted at the University of Guadalajara's CUAAD campus (Center for Arts, Architecture, and Design). In addition to welcoming academics, students, entrepreneurs, and business leaders, the workshop also welcomed neighbors from Lomas del Centinela, a nearby community.