Plans to create a 145,000 square metre ‘urban forest’ in the Spanish capital Madrid are one step closer after the city selected two architecture firms – West 8 and Porras Guadiana – out of 40 applicants.

The Madrid Nuevo Norte project aims to reinvent the city’s northern rail station and surrounding districts, and is one of Europe’s largest urban renewal initiatives.

The scheme will radically transform transit from a car-centric model to more sustainable modes and shift the urban landscape from concrete to greenery.

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