Project Description:

"Modular City" is a project that consists of the creation of a city built with interchangeable 4x4 cm modules. These modules represent different buildings of the city and can be electrically connected or not. There is a central module that acts as the power station, distributing the current to the other modules of the city.


Problem to be solved:

 The "Modular City" project addresses the problem of understanding electrical systems and the importance of sustainable urban planning. By building a modular city, students learn about electricity distribution, energy efficiency and adaptive urban design.


Project Components:

Building Modules:

Each 4x4 cm module represents a building in the city. Modules can include houses, commercial buildings, public facilities, and other urban elements.

Some modules are electrically connected, lighting up when they receive power from the power plant.

Central Power Module:

The central module acts as the power source for the city. It distributes power to the connected modules, enabling lighting and the operation of electrical devices in buildings.


Educational Value and Skills Development:

Understanding Electrical Systems:

Students develop a practical understanding of how a small-scale electrical system works. They learn about electricity distribution and the importance of an efficient electrical infrastructure.

Urban Design and Planning:

The project encourages creativity and critical thinking in urban design. Students can rearrange the modules to create different configurations of the city, exploring concepts of sustainable and adaptive urban planning.

Teamwork and Collaboration:

Building the modular city requires collaboration and coordination among students. Each group can be in charge of designing and building different modules, promoting teamwork and project management.

Use of Technologies and Tools:

Students use various technologies and tools to build the modules, including 3D printing, laser cutters and prototyping materials. They learn practical skills in the use of tools and manufacturing techniques.


Technologies and tools used:

3D Printing: Used for the creation of the building modules and other urban elements.
Laser Cutters: To cut and shape the components of the modules.
Sensors and Actuators: Integrated in some modules for interaction and lighting.
Prototyping Materials and Tools: Including saws, cutters, cardboard, and other materials needed for the construction and assembly of the modular city.


Alex Viña Martínez
Senén Cajaraville Seoane
Yago Céspedes Bastardo
Daniel Pereira López
Frida Vizoso Delgado
Noa Capón Vieito
Carolina Leon Ballesteros
Adrián Gjunga Rodríguez
Malva Vieiro Fernández
Camilo Castro Loureiro
Carlos Hermida Souto


"Modular City" not only offers an educational experience in which students can apply theoretical knowledge in a practical context, but also fosters an understanding of sustainable urban planning and the importance of efficient electrical infrastructure. This educational tool promotes active learning, critical thinking and collaboration among students, preparing them to confront and solve complex problems creatively and effectively.

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