Distrito Castellana Norte brings UN Habitat’s Block by Block project to Spain to involve young people in the design of Madrid Nuevo Norte’s large central park
The project will be extended to 10 secondary schools throughout Madrid, thanks to the collaboration of the City Council and the District Councils
The suggestions from the students will be collected in a UN Habitat report so that they can be taken into account in the design of this iconic space.
What does a park have to be like for future generations to like it? What elements do young people consider essential to make a green and leisure space attractive to them? And what are the things to avoid?
At Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN), we know that answering these questions is not always easy. Young people are still not used to being involved in the construction of their environment, which is not surprising since up to now, normally nobody asked their opinion. But this is changing: 21st century urban planning cannot be done with its back to the citizens, and there is a growing awareness that participatory processes must include all citizens in order to be effective.
This trend is already a reality in Madrid Nuevo Norte, a project that has included the opinions of the citizens from its initial planning stages and that will continue to need the contributions of all those who live in the city. For this reason, DCN, in collaboration with the Madrid City Council, has taken the step of bringing the Block by Block interactive participation methodology to Spain to involve the young people of Madrid in the design of the future central park of Madrid Nuevo Norte.