Madrid’s most important recent project, finished in 2011, is the M30/Manzanares Linear Park, known by everybody as Madrid Río.
The project organizes the 8 km of the banks of the River Manzanares, design ing 115 Ha of parks, a dozen of bridges and 6 Ha of public and sports facilities, interpretation and art centres, an urban beach, playgrounds and cafes, and the restoration of the hydraulic architectural heritage. The project connects Madrid with the valuable landscapes around the city.
The authors of the project were Burgos & Garrido together with Porras La Casta, Rubio & Á-Sala, West 8 and the participation of Dominique Perrault. Clemson University students had the great privilege to visit 4km of this project with Jaime Álvarez from Burgos&Garrido who was in charge of the project and its construction. He showed them the monumental part of the project next to the Royal Palace and the Casa de Campo Park, the Salón de Pinos area, the Arganzuela PArk with Perrault’s bridge, the urban beach (which appeared after asking children from Madrid what was missing in their city) and the shell bridges by West8 and Daniel Canogar. More than 4 hours walking along the river which seemed to be only a few minutes. The importance of the project is reflected in its selection in the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award.

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