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The 12th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design as been awarded to Madrid Río, a new linear park in Madrid designed by a team led by Ginés Garrido of Burgos & Garrido, including Porras & La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, and West 8.

Madrid Río

Established in 1986, the biennial Green Prize recognizes projects that make an exemplary contribution to the public realm of a city, improve the quality of life in that context, and demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.

Madrid Río illustrates the transformative potentials of architecture, landscape, urban design, and planning for the city of Madrid. The project particularly demonstrates a deft interplay between the sensibilities of urban design and landscape architecture in order to weave together disparate components of the city, ranging from historic buildings and infrastructure, to vegetation at an immense scale. The space of the project facilitates new forms of mobility while reconnecting neighborhoods that renew social relationships. The bridges, a crucial element in the project, both literally and symbolically celebrate the proximity between previously separated portions of the city. Importantly, the project invigorates civic space while creating room for new architecture and innovative infrastructure interventions. The professional and pedagogical value of Madrid Río is that it demonstrates a collaborative design process that involves several firms, spanning the disciplines of urban design, planning, landscape, and infrastructure engineering. The project showcases the diverse complexity of the economic, technical, political, logistical, and cultural challenges that were faced and surmounted by Madrid Río’s designers and proponents in creating a wonderful public asset for the city of Madrid.

—RAHUL MEHROTRA / PROFESSOR OF URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING

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Architects

Ginés Garrido, Team director

Burgos & Garrido Arquitectos

Francisco Burgos, Ginés Garrido

Porras La Casta Arquitectos

Arantxa La Casta, Fernando Porras‐Isla

Rubio & Álvarez‐Sala Arquitectos

Enrique Álvarez‐Sala, Carlos Rubio

West8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

Edzo Bindels, Adriaan Geuze

Project Manager Architect

Javier Malo de Molina

Design Team Madrid

Jaime Álvarez Santana, Irene Álvarez de Miranda, Silvia Aydillo, María Bandrés, Rocío Caro, Sergio del Castillo, Alicia Colmenarejo, Isabel Cuellas, María Ángeles Fernández García, Carlos Fernández Salgado, Gabriela Galíndez, Pablo García Neila, Elena Garicano, Ignacio Escauriaza, Eduardo González Corrales, Gabriela Hombravella, Miguel Ángel López‐Mir, Raquel Lozano, Marina del Mármol, Rocío Martín Ruiz‐Jarabo, Raquel Marugán, Samir M’hamdi Alaoui, Gemma Montañez, Eleucidio Moreno, Víctor Muñoz, Matías Nieto, Ana Palancarejo, Susana Paz, Nerea del Pozo, Jonás Prieto, Xosé Ramiro Sánchez, Marco de Simone, Emma Simonsson, Juan Tur, Alfonso Urbano, Elena Verdú.

Additional Design Team Madrid

Enrique Álvarez‐Sala, Beatriz Amann, Pierre Banchet, Araceli Barrero, Jimena Campillo, Carlos Carnicer, Almudena Carro, Rebeca Caso, Cristina Cordero, Mateo Fernández Muro, Estela Fernández Rocafull, Juan Galbis, Maya González González, Irene Gonzalo, Myriam López Rodero, Alberto Martín Hernández, Agustín Martín Salas, Juan José Mateos, María Ángeles Navarro, María Ortega, María Perales, Marina Pereda, Bosco Pita, Pedro Pitarch, Lucía Prado, Pilar Recio, Marta Rogado, Javier Rubio, Beatriz Rubio, Eduardo Ruiz, Ricardo Saldías, Marta Villamor.

Project Manager Landscape Architect

Christian Dobrick

Design Team Rotterdam

Martin Beiwenga, Enrique Ibáñez González, Joost Koningen, Freek Boerwinkel, Karsten Buchholz, Lennart van Dijk, Juan Figueroa, Michael Gersbasch, Madalén González, Sander Lap, Silvia Lupini, Perry Maas, Ricardo Minghini, Eva Recio, Marta Roy, Carlos Saldarriaga, Alexander Sverdlov, Mariana Siqueira, Shachar Zur.

Artist

Invernadero and Matadero Footbridges

Daniel Canogar

Developer

City Council of Madrid

Mayor of Madrid

Alberto Ruiz Gallardón

City Council Delegate of Urban Planning and Housing

Pilar Martínez López

City Council Delegate of Culture, Arts and Sports

Alicia Moreno Espert

City Council Delegate of Finance

Juan Bravo Rivera

City Council General Coordinators

Manuel Arnaiz, Carlos Baztán, Manuel Melis, Beatriz Lobón

City Council General Directors

Cristina Conde de Beroldingen, Javier Hernández Morales, Ana Perpiñá, José María Ortega

City Council General Subdirectors

José Luis Infanzón, Carlos Lasheras, Federico Manzarbeitia, Joaquín Marín, Emilio Martínez Vidal, Jorge Presa

City Council Civil Engineers and Architects

Camino Álvarez, Rafael Castejón, Guillermo de la Calzada, Emilio Esteras, Mercedes Jack, Rosa Olivé, Federico Rodríguez, Teresa Riestra, Fernando Ruiz, Luis Sánchez del Corral

City Council Technical Civil Engineers

Ángel Arias, Lucio Lorenzo, Enrique Montilla, Ramón Suso, Cristina Pérez, Juan Ortigosa, Javier Viñas

City Council Communication Manager

Carlos de la Vega

City Council Financial Managers

Antonia Martínez, María Josefa Ortiz

City Council Legal Advisors

Jesús Pascual, Fernando Fernández

Consultants

General Engineering

TYPSA

Special Structures

Fhecor [Structures of Tunnel Slabs] Gestión de Proyectos [Structures of Existing Bridges]

Bridge Structures

Fhecor [Almuñécar Footbridge, Oblique Bridge, Matadero and Invernadero Footbridges] Gestión de Proyectos [Dams, Rey Bridge, North Pontoon, Canal Footbridge, Bolas Footbridge] Cesma Ingenieros [Y Footbridge] NB 35 [Princesa Footbridge]

Hydrology

Pilar Jaén / GIMPROSA

Environmental Evaluation

Tecnoma

Lighting Design

Architectural Lighting Solutions

Soil Science and Forestry

Fundación Conde Valle Salazar ETS Ingenieros de Montes Madrid

Botany

SC Paisajismo, Maria Jesús Franco, Fundación Conde Valle Salazar ETS Ingenieros de Montes Madrid

Aquatic Biology

Grupo de Enxeñaría da Auga e do Medio Ambiente ETSICCP Universidade de A Coruña

Historical Cartography

Departamento de Ideación Gráfica y Arquitectónica ETS Arquitectura Madrid

Playgrounds

Richter Spielgeräte, BDU

Ornamental Fountain Technology

Imes API, Somhidros, Lumiartecnia Internacional

Rowing Consultants

Federación Madrileña de Remo, Astilleros Amilibia

Climbing Consultants

Federación Madrileña de Montañismo

Legal Advisors

Bufete Barrilero

Graphic Design and Wayfinding

Gráfica Futura

Digital Technology

Manuel Capón

Computer Graphics

Hpal

Models

Blanca Pérez, Gilberto Ruiz, Nivel+Maquetas, Gregorio Manzano, Miguel Calabuch

Metal Technology

Belén Jack, Alberto Iglesias

Construction Companies

Acciona, Aceinsa Movilidad, Aldesa, Althenia, Andobras, ASCAN Empresa Constructora y de Gestión, Azvi, CEINSA Contratas e Ingeniería, CESPA, COARSA, COMSA, Constructora Hispánica, CORSAN‐ CORVIAM Construcción, CRC Obras y Servicios, Dragados, FCC Construcción, Fernández Molina Obras y Servicios, Ferrovial Agroman, Geotecnia y Cimientos, Grupo Raga, Gyocivil, Imathia, Imes‐API, Ingeniería y Gestión Medioambiental, Irena, Licuas, Obras y Servicios Taga, Obras Generales del Norte, Ogensa, OHL, Ortiz Construcciones y Proyectos, PACSA Servicios Urbanos y del Medio Natural, Plantas Quiles, Ploder UICESA, Portillo Empresa Constructora, SACYR, San José, Sando Construcciones, SECONSA Obras y Construcciones, Tebasa, TECSA Empresa Constructora, Teodoro del Barrio, Velasco Obras y Servicios, Vías y Construcciones, Virtón.

Exhibition Credits

Winners

  • Burgos & Garrido
  • Porras La Casta
  • Rubio & Álvarez-Sala 
  • West8

Graduate School of Design

  • Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design
  • Patricia Roberts, Executive Dean
  • Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design
  • Beth Kramer, Associate Dean for Development
  • Benjamin Prosky, Assistant Dean of Communications

Exhibitions Team

  • Nupoor Monani
  • Daniel Rauchwerger
  • Dan Borelli
  • David Zimmerman Stuart
  • James Whitten, MAUD '13
  • Forrest Jessee

Videographer

  • Isabel Sierra y Gómez de León

Photographers

  • Isabel Sierra y Gómez de León 
  • Municipality of Madrid
  • Jeroen Musch   
  • Ana Muller 
  • Burgos & Garrido, Porras La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala and West 8

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