Madrid, Spain

Population: 3.1 million

Madrid is the political, cultural and economic capital of Spain. It is located in the centre of the country to the south of the Guadarrama Mountains.

The challenges and vision

After decades of intense expansion in the southern and eastern peripheries, the city has turned to focus on regeneration in the inner-city and more vulnerable areas.

 

Madrid’s new urban vision for the city focusses on climate change adaptation and making these residential neighbourhoods more livable for all through nature-based solutions.

Usera district

Through CLEVER Cities, Madrid is planning the urban regeneration of the area of Pradolongo in the south-eastern Usera district (approx. 134,000 inhabitants).

CLEVER Cities plans

Through CLEVER Cities, Madrid is planning the urban regeneration of the area of Pradolongo in the south-eastern Usera district (approx. 134,000 inhabitants).

A green corridor

The aim is to create a green corridor between two of the most important parks in the Usera district: Madrid Río and Pradolongo. This area between the parks is currently one of the most built up areas of the district with the least amount of green space. This project ‘Itinerario del Río a Pradolongo’ intends to use an integral approach by developing a public space which is both livable and adapted to climate change. The planned nature-based solutions interventions will, among other things, improve the micro-climate of the area and accessibility to pedestrian areas.

Monitoring

The Madrid-wide plan also includes a complementary monitoring system, which will evaluate changes to the use of public space and social behaviour, climatic conditions, mobility, rainwater management and other elements.

Replication

The intention is to replicate this pilot experience in other areas of the city with similar challenges such as a lack of and low quality public spaces, social degradation and a high vulnerability towards climate change.