Through the eyes of an architect: Madrid in pictures

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NIce trip on to Madrid.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

by Rebecca Smith Hurd

29-year-old Iñaki Romero Larrea describes himself as an « urbanist before architect. » As one of the five members of design and architecture collective Paisaje Transversal, he is particularly interested in figuring out how to revitalize Spain’s cities without indulging in the time-consuming traditional bid process or incurring exorbitant construction costs. For the group, what citizens and residents actually want and need must come first. That this is a potentially radical suggestion perhaps says more about the state of the architecture industry than anything else, but it’s a philosophy that is galvanizing Romero Larrea and his colleagues. In this photoessay by Vanessa Gonzalez, take a peek at some of the young urbanist’s favorite places in Madrid.

Photograph: Vanessa Gonzalez. « I live far from Vallecas, one of the neighborhoods with the most personality in Madrid, but I try to get to Cerro del Tío Pío park every so often. It’s the highest point in…

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