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by Rebecca Smith Hurd

29-year-old Iñaki Romero Larrea describes himself as an “urbanist before architect.” As one of the five members of design and architecture collective Paisaje Transversal, he is particularly interested in figuring out how to revitalize Spain’s cities without indulging in the time-consuming traditional bid process or incurring exorbitant construction costs. For the group, what citizens and residents actually want and need must come first. That this is a potentially radical suggestion perhaps says more about the state of the architecture industry than anything else, but it’s a philosophy that is galvanizing Romero Larrea and his colleagues. In this photoessay by Vanessa Gonzalez, take a peek at some of the young urbanist’s favorite places in Madrid.

Photograph: Vanessa Gonzalez. “I live far from Vallecas, one of the neighborhoods with the most personality in Madrid, but I try to get to Cerro del Tío Pío park every so often. It’s the highest point in…

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