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Madrid Rolling Out Plan to Ban Cars in City Center

Open Streets in Madrid

For residents of Madrid, the new year means a better environment. With the start of 2015 comes a new rule banning cars from circulating in the city center. The measure is part of the city’s sustainable mobility plan, which is projected to reduce the share of daily trips by private vehicles from 29% to 23% by 2020.[read more]

Madrid, Spain Launches IBM Smarter Cities Project

August 16, 2014 by The Global Grid

Spain Smarter Cities

The City of Madrid, Spain has announced the signing of an agreement aimed at improving the lives of its 3 million citizens. This environmental services management project, signed with INSA around IBM’s Smarter Cities technology, is supposed to improve the quality and efficiency of city services.[read more]


Madrid Drivers Encouraged to Ditch Dirty Diesel Cars for Clean Electric Bikes

July 31, 2014 by David Thorpe

Madrid goes BiciMad

The Spanish capital Madrid has started charging drivers to park according to how polluting their cars are, while introducing a rental system for electric bikes, to encourage a switch to more sustainable transport.[read more]


WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]

Madrid Replaces a Highway with Park Space

April 22, 2011 by Polis International

After eight years of delays, traffic jams, noise and dust the last section of Madrid Rio — a combined infrastructure and public space project — was finally opened to the public on April 15. In the 1970's Madrid was cut off from the (already forgotten) Manzanares river by the construction of the M30 ring motorway. Although this separation...[read more]

Garden for a not too distant future

March 26, 2010 by Lisa Town

Luzinterruptus, a Spanish guerrilla-style art collective based in Madrid who’s work I adore, is at it again but this time they’ve set their aim at the vegetated and the vertical. Their humorous criticism here is two-fold. One, the lack of green in urban spaces and two, the vertical gardens that are becoming so popular in many...[read more]

Vegetation on Life Support

May 18, 2009 by Lisa Town

via luzinterruptus, photo by Gustavo Sanabria Luzinterruptus, a group from Madrid, Spain who performs outdoor interventions through the use of light, feels that the city is looking less and less green with the ripping out of trees to make way for improvements. They feel the city looks as though it is dying. It becomes more and more...[read more]