The Master in City & Technology (MaCT) Thesis wins the BEST IDEA award for the Basque Government Open Data Ideas and Applications Competition for its innovative and data driven approach to measuring land use resilience.

L.U.R., or Land Use Resilience, a decision support system for strategic and sustainable territorial planning based on land’s multifunctional values, is a knowledge-based framework for innovative practice based on measuring land resilience. Through a data-driven approach, the framework proposes a responsive taxonomy that allows an understanding of land’s transitional dynamics.

The proposal was the winning project in the category of BEST IDEAS for the Basque Government Open Data Ideas and Applications Competition, a competition run by the Basque Government, together with the Provincial Councils of Álava, Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa and the city councils of Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastián and Vitoria-Gasteiz, periodically with the aim of publicising and promoting the reuse of open data in Euskadi. The Ideas Contest is aimed at both individuals and companies that wish to present ideas to create products or services derived from open data from the main public data catalogues of the Basque Country.

L.U.R. develops an assessment tool capable of measuring soil resilience. Through an approach based on data analysis, this tool would generate a new responsive taxonomy to understand the value of ecosystem services provided by the soil in a dynamic way.

The framework offers a continuous feedback loop methodology to reclassify land units from a systemic socio-ecological perspective to recognize land’s multifunctional value and enrich decision-making processes affecting land.

The project was developed by the student Adriana Aguirre Such in the Master in City & Technology’s Advanced Urban Design Thesis Cluster led by Mathilde Marengo & Iacopo Neri in 2021/22.

The L.U.R. methodology was also presented in the Digital Landscape Architecture Conference in Dessau in early 2023 in the section of “Resilient Landscape, Global Change and Hazard Response” with Dynamic Mapping Based on Multi-functional Land Values, Measuring Land Use Resilience for Climate Adaptive Spatial Planning, co-authored by Adriana Aguirre Such, Mathilde Marengo and Iacopo Neri.