Recognized for its abundant green parks, tree-lined boulevards, flowers, green-scapes, vertical gardens, boating lake, and an sprawling parkland, the Spanish capital Madrid was the first to receive a Green GOOD DESIGN™ awards for 2010.
Now considered world’s leading examples of urban beautification and a Green Renaissance in the 21st Century, Madrid has the second-highest number of aligned trees in the world, with 298,000 units, only exceeded by Tokyo. Green areas are constantly and continuously growing also surpassing the European average. Since 1997, green areas have increased by 16%. At present, 8.2% of Madrid’s grounds are green areas, meaning that there are 16m2 of green area per inhabitant, far exceeding again the 10m2 per inhabitant recommended by the World Health Organization.
Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, GOOD DESIGN awards the best of the best design in terms of visionary products and environments. Awards were announced by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.