Calling these protest plantings in Madrid “ecosystems” is going a step too far (as is calling the cake protectors covering them “greenhouses”), but the impetus behind their installation is noble: To protest a lack of greens paces in the city’s center.
What you see above is the plan for the 66-acre Parque Central in Valenica, Spain’s third-largest city. The park is being built in conjunction with urban redevelopment brought about by the country’s heavy investment in high-speed rail. Rather than just using it as an opportunity to put up more buildings, Valencia is giving its residents 23 hectares of gardens and open spaces. Bravo!