- Madrid has unveiled plans to plant gardens on the rooftops of its buses and bus stops in a bid to boost its green credentials.
- This project is one of many that’s been introduced in the Spanish capital since the election of left-wing mayor Manuela Carmena in 2015.
- The plan will cost around €2,500 for buses – less for the bus stops – and will involve special irrigation systems to avoid leakage.
- The idea is for the gardens to soak up noise, heat and pollution, creating a healthier city.
- Muévete en verde, as it’s called in Spanish, was chosen as one of six innovative projects to improve the city from 800 entries and will start with a pilot project on the number 27 and 34 bus routes.
- According to the plan’s organizers, these routes travel along the busiest corriders of the city from north to south and saw 17 million people ride them in 2015.
- The gardens are grown and implemented on buses by PhytoKinetic, a company operating in Barcelona, Girona and Palma de Mallorca.
- The plants used are adapted to the local climate and formed by metallic meshes interwoven with sustainable materials that enable the fitting to withstand movement.
Feature photo by PhytoKinetic.
Author: Nicholas Efthimiadis
Seattle grown. Avid skier and occasional ski racer. Passionate about all things urban (particularly transportation & housing). University of Washington 2016 graduate: BA in Economics and a minor in Urban Design and Planning. Extensive experience in fictitious cartography and sand-city molding.