The Urbanist

Spotlight: Madrid

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27 June 2019

Episode 402

30 minutes


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As we gear up to host our fifth annual Quality of Life Conference in Madrid, we look at the Spanish capital’s urban plans, promises and problems. Our man in the city, Liam Aldous, brings us this week’s special episode.

27 June 2019

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

City of the embrace

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We meet graphic designer, Santos Henarejos, who tells us about the city’s changes over the past couple of years and the logo he designed that sums up the spirit of Madrid.

5 minutes

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Chapter 2

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

Nature knows best

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We're at City Hall to meet Beatriz Garcia San Gabino, Madrid’s head of parks and waterway management, who explained how the Manzanares River got its groove back.

7 minutes

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Open spaces

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A city is not simply a big business but should strive to care for its inhabitants too. The idea has come to life through repairs of neglected facilities and long-abandoned buildings.

4 minutes

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Chapter 4

6 minutes

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Chapter 4

Plaza of participation

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Encouraging civic participation through online-voting platform Decide Madrid has radically altered the cityscape.The platform allows citizens to propose and vote on future projects such as open-air gyms or better plazas, with an annual budget of €100m to turn suggestions into something real.

6 minutes

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