The 1996 Madrid Regional Plan created a new and revolutionary method of metropolitan planning, the Metro-Matrix Method, which is also applicable to other world metropolises. The core of the Metro-Matrix Method, and its direct applications and adaptations to particular circumstances, presents numerous solutions for the very serious challenge the 21st Century is confronting: the explosion of urban growth and the establishment of metropolitan megalopolises. The Metro-Matrix Method is one way to address this issue and provides a solution for many metropolitan governments, as it has for Madrid since 1996. This methodology has been applied to many other metropolises subsequently. This is the partial culmination of reports produced during numerous consulting projects throughout the world.
Pedro B. Ortiz has had an extensive experience in how to tackle this challenging issue for the future of world sustainability, preventing the actual trend of producing a 'world of slums'. His experience and policy proposals, the way to address the metropolitan structure in an exploding context can be approached in his McGraw Hill Education book: The Art of Shaping the Metropolis


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The Art of Shaping the Metropolis

The Art of Shaping the Metropolis

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About The Author

Pedro Ortiz is currently a Senior Urban Planner at the World Bank, Washington DC. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Council of Architects of Madrid and Director of the Institute for Urban Renewal, a joint venture between the public and private sectors in Madrid.
He was also the founder and Director of the Masters program of Town Planning of the University King Juan Carlos of Madrid.

Pedro Ortiz was a Partner of the Planning Consultancy firm of Arop&As where he served as an advisor to the Regional Governments of Navarra and Murcia in Spain as well as many others around the world, in addition to several engineering and development companies including Intevia, SA, Institute of Transport Engineering and Roads, the Centro Superior de Arquitectura, Camuñas Foundation.

Ortiz is a former elected Mayor for Madrid’s Central District (Distrito de Salamanca) (1989-1991). He is also a member of the Madrid’s City Council (1987-1995) where he was responsible for Urban Prospective (1993-1995) and for Culture (1991-1993). He served as Director of the “Strategic Plan for Madrid” (1991-1994). He was also Director General for Town and Regional Planning for the Government of Madrid Region and the author of the "Regional Development Plan of Madrid of 1996" and the "Land Planning Law of 1997."

His profile can also be found on LinkedIn.

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