As negotiations on the climate agreements were underway in Paris, architectural practice ARUP revealed its “Madrid + Natural” programme, a series of guidelines addressing the global problem of climate change through a series of actions on infrastructure, open spaces and buildings in the Spanish city.
A series of best practices and solutions for increasing the presence of nature in the city that would make it possible to regulate the urban environment and respond to the growing problems of pollution, warmer temperatures, loss of local biodiversity and climate upheaval (drought and violent storms).
The creation of “Street greening” and urban forests are among the programme’s strong points. ARUP’s studies reveal that a greater presence of greenery not only helps cool a place down, provide shade and naturally filter the air, but it promotes local flora and fauna and has positive effects on the population, encouraging people to adopt a healthier lifestyle, use alternative forms of transportation and improve their sense of belonging to the community and social cohesion.
Images courtesy of ARUP