Maria Begoña Peiro Salvador
Junior Climate Change, Risk and Resilience Advisor at UN-Habitat, València
United States, 2020
Begoña was born in Valencia in 1988. She earned a degree in Architecture at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) and an M.Sc. in International Cooperation and Sustainable Emergency Architecture from the International University of Catalonia (UIC). Begoña works in the fields of architecture and urban planning, focusing on urban climate resilience strategies, informal settlements upgrading and climate justice. As an advisor for organizations such as UN-Habitat and the Government of Fiji (Ministry of Housing and Community Development), Begoña has supported several projects in the Asia-Pacific Region while based in Japan and in Fiji. She is lead author for UN-Habitat ́s publication “Climate Change Vulnerability and Risk – A Guide for Community Assessments, Action Plans and Implementation” that was launched at WUF10 and has been implemented in several countries across the Asia-Pacific Region. In Fiji, she led the development of 16 informal settlements vulnerability assessments and climate action plans across four urban areas (funded by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund). For over three years, she has been involved in multiple European projects across different scales in architecture and urban planning practices.
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THE FELLOWSHIP FOR MARIA BEGOÑA
United States, 2020
Host university or research centre
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Studies pursued with the fellowship
Doctor of Design
Type of studies
Speciality of studies pursued with the fellowship
Universitat Politècnica de València
NOTICES ON MARIA BEGOÑA
24 February 2022
The cities of the future
If the UN is correct, in 2050, city dwellers will account for 70% of the world population. As such, the secret to success in creating a sustainable world mainly lies in the large urban centres. We need to rethink cities and promote grass-roots level change, bringing together urban planning tools and architectural improvements. We discussed all of this with 20 ”la Caixa” Foundation fellows working in the sector and reflected on the “Cities of the Future”.