Madrid, geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula and Spain’s capital city since 1562, is currently experiencing a renewed commitment to urban revitalization and enhancement. The Rio Manzanares Recuperacion Margenes park project exemplifies this effort. Framed as a reclamation and transformation of the Rio Manzanares and its edges, the project will result in a 7.6 kilometer Linear Park that aspires to be a draw for the city’s inhabitants and a vibrant new urban amenity in what will have once been an underutilized and neglected area of the city.
Our master plan scheme recognizes the significance of this revitalization effort and its potential to be a catalyst for the rejuvenation of surrounding neighborhoods. Situated just outside the old city adjacent to the historic Calle de Toledo, our project proposes an innovative 21st century urban environment that will become the keystone of redevelopment along Rio Manzanares, a connection between the new river corridor and the city, and an expression of the vision behind the river’s transformation. Through thoughtful intervention and creative development, the URM project will capitalize on this unique opportunity to transform the historic perception of the river and its neighboring areas as barrier into an experience of the river and its neighboring areas as conduit or connective tissue that links together disjointed parts of the city.
Broadly understood, the URM project has developed around three primary principles or objectives:
• Informed by a belief in the city as both expression of and armature for collective human experience, the project proposes a systemic strategy for urban development that is integrative and holistic in approach and that, like the city itself, emphasizes the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts;