The war of sustainability will be won or lost in the cities, said Rafael Tuts, director of the department of urban planning at UN-Habitat. It is precisely in the metropolis where the greatest advances in science and technology are generated, unfortunately the urban peripheries due to the spatial and educational injustice in which they are situated are not yet part of this progress and have been isolated from any development opportunity . This situation is reflected in the high levels of illiteracy, crime and poverty. The Mexican metropolises have followed in an autistic way the Neoliberal model of growth, which is characterized by an idealized conception of competitive individualism and a profound antipathy towards forms of social and institutional solidarity.
The most relevant question of this project is: How and in what ways can urban space be democratized as well as scientific knowledge in the periphery of the city?
Although the Educative institutions are located not far from the periphery, on the imaginary of these groups, the spaces of knowledge are still considered as something far from their reality, even if there are not physical walls that exclude them from access to knowledge. There exist economic, social and educational barriers that separate them from those who have the privilege of having an University education. The statistics in the city of Querétaro shows that the academic institutions rather than bet for the decentralization of knowledge and build bridges to these excluded communities, we could say, they have just thrown a few strings and these, have usually been supported mostly in academic bodies through various independent projects focused on local development.
Are goals of this initiative; Empower human capital in the slums, create innovation to resolve the local problems inside the slums, scientific and knowledge networks in the peripheries, build scientific infrastructure, productive sustainable projects, scientific workshops, etc.