City of Madrid, Department for Sustainable Urban Development

Olmo 160PPhD Architect at Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and researcher at this University. He has worked as collaborating professor at the European University of Madrid (UEM) and as teaching assistant in Architectural Projects subject at the Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM). He has carried out work for Housing Research Group and is a member of the Architectural Critical Research Group (ARKRIT), both at the UPM. He has also been an academic guest at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the ETH Zurich University and lecturer at several national and international masters, congresses and symposia. His research has focused on public housing policies and city planning.

Currently, he holds the positions of Councilor for Sustainable Urban Development of the City of Madrid, Vice-President of the Municipal Housing and Land Company (EMVS) and member of its Administration Board, and President of the Sectorial Commission for Urbanism, Infrastructure and Housing at Cities and Towns Federation from Madrid Region (FMM).


  „Large scale – beyond Madrid Rio“

session 4: thinking big              16.15 – 17.30

When we get to Madrid city government, two years ago, we set one priority in our public space policy: urban rebalancing throw upgrading the existing city. This meant a significant change in city model since, for the last decades, the main focus of urban planning was the territorial extension. Therefore our Strategic Regeneration Plan takes special attention to deprived areas, most of them built in the sixties and seventies of last century.

Our public space project consists in the development of certain Itineraries, a network of pedestrian paths which are defined considering proximity and identity, by linking meaningful and daily life places where the idea of isolated green areas has been replaced by green infrastructure. Madrid Río can be understood under this framework. It is a 6km long river park, created by burying a section of the M-30 ring road, that performs a green corridor connecting urban and regional parks.