Mar Santamaria Varas

300.000 Km/s / director, 3000.000 Km/s

Mar Santamaria-Varas is an architect graduated from the School of Architecture of Barcelona. At present, she is the co-founder of 300.000 Km/s and visiting lecturer at EPFL Lausanne. Her professional activity has been related in the last 15 years to digital technologies, spatial analysis, urban planning and public policies at an international level. As the co-founder of 300.000 Km/s, she has elaborated strategic reports, diagnoses, guidelines, data observatories and master plans in the field of environmental health, regulation of economic activity, new forms of mobility, housing vulnerability, data and digital divide, among others.

She has also coordinated several participatory workshops for both professionals and non-specialised public. She is a pioneer in Spain in the use of open data for urban policies (Associate from the Open Data Institute) and the fostering of digital/data skills among citizenship. She has collaborated as an expert in the participatory drafting of the Spanish and Catalan 2030 Urban Agendas. She has been an associate professor in the Department of Town Planning and Territorial Planning of the School of Architecture of Barcelona for more than ten years.

She has also a lectured at several international faculties (Welsh School of Architecture, TU Braunschweig, School of Architecture of Barcelona, IAAC, among others) and public institutions.

She has written several scientific publications and other articles for a wide public published in relevant national and international reviews and media.