City combats pollution with major greening project.A proposal to "re-naturalise" Madrid into a green oasis is currently under consideration by the city as part of plans to reduce the capital's pollution and cope with rising temperatures.
Madrid Mas Natural has the support of the city's mayor Manuela Carmena who announced that the major project would involve increasing the number of green areas and promoting community allotments to transform the capital into an eco-sustainable city.
The plan envisages the installation of green-roofing and green-walls - with both horizontal and vertical surfaces covered in greenery - as well as the transformation of disused lots into parks and gardens.
Experts say that additional vegetation will not only help to absorb pollutants, reduce smog and make the air more breathable but would reduce the artificially high urban air temperature. European Union-funded environmental studies into climate change predict a dramatic increase in summer-time temperatures in cities over the next 80 years. Scientists say this increase can be slowed by embracing the vegetation of cities.
The "Madrid + Natural" proposal is currently made up of a set of guidelines to tackle the global problem of climate change through multiple local solutions.
The project is part of a collaboration between Madrid and Studio Arup, a major international firm whose projects include Milan's award-winning Vertical Forest and London's Design Museum.