Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plants—everywhere you look.
In Madrid, pretty much every unused space will soon be covered in plants.
The city is spending millions to expand existing parks, and as many roofs and walls will be covered with greenery as possible. Twenty-two vacant lots will be turned into urban gardens. Paved squares will become parks that can suck up rainfall. Near the river that runs through the middle of the city—where a major highway was torn down in 2003—the city is spending over $4.3 million to finish filling in the banks with trees.
As the city starts to ban cars from central streets, the Department of the Environment is considering turning some of those streets into linear, tree-filled parks, too.
Though drought will be more common, the city can handle more plants. By redesigning paved areas to capture and store water instead of letting rain runoff, the city can supply all of the gardens with as much water as they need. And choosing the right plants for Madrid’s arid climate also matters.
“Green areas should not be idealized as ‘green’ themselves,” says Susana Saiz, senior project manager for the sustainability department in Arup’s Madrid office. The solutions may look brown at some times of the year, same as the surrounding natural areas. The point is to go with nature patterns and solutions, not forcing them in any manner for the purpose of achieving a certain look.”–(2016) by Adele Peters on FastCompany Co.EXIST.
NewTerrain February 15, 2016.