Partial view of Plaza de España as projected by “Welcome Mother Nature”
By Rose Maramba
In case you still don’t know, the iconic Plaza de España, without which Madrid won’t be Madrid, is on the brink of getting not just a facelift but a comprehensive revamp. The municipal government is calling the historic project remodelación (remodelling).
These you should know by now if you’re a native Madrileño or a resident alien in love with the vibrant capital of the Kingdom of Spain (so why we’re ticking them off for you, is a dumb riddle to us):
But we quite understand if you didn’t know enough, or anything at all, about the remodelación; there’s scarcely been effective information and publicity campaign!
More than seventy projects have been submitted by internationally acclaimed foreign architects as well as the Madrid citizenry for the revamp of the Plaza, five of which were picked out as semi-finalists. Today the two finalists are: Projext X: “Welcome Mother Nature,” and Project Y: “Un Paseo por La Cornisa (A Walk Along the Ledge).”
Now, you wouldn’t want to be left out of the history-in-the-making nor would you want to pass up the chance to give your civic-mindedness a much-needed muscle-stretch, would you? Go out and vote. Tell the City Hall what kind of Plaza you’d like to have. The ballot count is binding on the municipal government.
Hurry, bone up on the project. The final voting is upon us: between 13 and 19 February (2017) !
One day soon, as you stroll down the new Plaza España, you can proudly tell yourself you helped make it into what it has become – hopefully so much better, a humane, more user-friendly and sustainable park that, on the other hand, will have retained its marvelous Madrileño character!
Featured image: Plaza España, “Welcome Mother Nature”/Decide Madrid
Plaza España, “Walk Along the Ledge”/Decide Madrid
Current Plaza España/Carlos Delgado, CC BY-SA3.0
Plaza España, “Welcome Mother Nature”/Decide Madrid
Vota/Decide Madrid Facebook
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