On the 9th of November, 2015 The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) announced that the 12th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design has been awarded to Madrid Río. A new linear park in the heart of Madrid designed by Burgos & Garrido, Porras & La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, and West 8.
The City of Madrid reclaimed the banks of the Manzanares River by depressing a large segment of the inner ring road, the M-30. The result of surfacing nearly 30 kilometers of tunnels is the creation of 120 hectares of new public space, which encompasses dozens of sports areas (tennis and basketball courts, soccer fields, fitness areas, rock climbing center, skate park), greenswards, plazas, cafés and restaurants, an orchard, an urban beach, children’s play areas, plus 30 kilometers of cycling paths, and 11 new footbridges.
The project also prompted the restoration of five historic dams and two historic bridges (the Puente de Segovia and Puente de Toledo), as well as the refurbishment of highway bridges and the recuperation of the areas surrounding these infrastructural works. With these new river crossings and the incorporation of existing historic features into the new park plan, Madrid Río has strengthened surrounding neighborhoods’ connection to the new amenities and to each other.