Love letters to the Albayzín

Just like Unamuno, nowadays Federico Mayor Zaragoza and Ángel Bañuelos (first and current Director of the UNESCO Centre in Andalusia respectively) write their love letter to the district. The following section is an interview with Miguel Carrascosa that was the director of the institution for more years. This section finishes with another love letter to the Albayzín written by the dancer and choreographer Víctor Ullate.

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Víctor Ullate

When I was 15, I joined Antonio’s ballet company, a Spanish flamenco dancer, during summer in August. I was in Plaza Nueva before going to the Generalife gardens while eating an ice cream, a marvellous ice cream made in Los Italianos in Gran Vía, when I said to myself: “One day I will have a house in this wonderful district: the Albayzín.”

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Aims of the Integrated Sustainable Urban Development Strategy

  • Implement Smart City criteria to improve the quality of life of the citizens.
  • Develop sensor networks and equipment to measure values, data and information of the different municipal services, public facilities and traffic control.
  • Include Granada City Council in the Smart Cities network.
  • Improve the collaboration between the University and the Granada City Council to increase the exchange of knowledge in the field of the Smart Cities.
  • Spread digital literacy among the population of Granada.
  • Integrate disadvantaged groups.
  • Boost and promote commerce in the district.
  • Carry out the urban rehabilitation of the district.
  • Promote social cohesion.
  • Reduce the number of socially excluded people or groups at risk of social exclusion.
  • Increase the production of electrical energy from renewable sources for public buildings and facilities.
  • Reduce the energy consumption for municipal buildings and facilities.
  • Reduce CO2 emission all over the city.
  • Raise awareness among public employees about energy efficiency.

Add value to the cultural heritage

Improve the environment and the appearance of Granada’s historic centre and surroundings

Increase the number of tourists and the average time of their stay in the city

Reduce the depopulation of the historic centre

Raise awareness between both citizens and tourists on the importance of the conservation of the cultural heritage:

  • Improve the condition of the urban space for public use while respecting the environment.
  • Implement measures of urban reform and adequate spaces for different uses.
  • Promote commercial development.
  • Reduce noise pollution to respect the measures established by the Spanish Noise Law 37/2003.
  • Improve the city air quality to respect the measures established by the Spanish Law 34/2007 on air quality and atmosphere protection.
  • Raise public awareness on urban pollution.

And even if the entire world was a lie, this is not”

María Martínez Sierra to Manuel de Falla