Mayor Manuela Carmen has backed an innovative new project set to grow mini-gardens on top of the city’s public buses.
It is one of six proposals made by a select team of council workers charged with transforming the Spanish capital into a green example to the rest of the world.
Gardens would also be placed in bus shelters, be self-sustainable, and cost around €2,500 each. The first wave will see 130 installed around the city, and on buses on two key routes that incorporate key tourist sites.
The move wouldn’t be unique to Madrid – a company named PhytoKinetic has designed similar buses in Catalonia – but the capital would be the first to offer significant public funding to the idea.
Madrid is also at the forefront of building new environmentally-friendly ‘smart’ buildings powered by their own ecosystems and with geothermically controlled temperatures. Much of this is a response to Madrid’s bad experiencewith air and traffic pollution in recent years, even having to close down roads over smog levels.