Pedro B. Ortiz is currently a visiting professor at Milano Politecnico University (Italy) as well as senior urban consultant for international governments and multilaterals, as the Inter-American Development Bank or the World Bank (Washington D.C.). He has accumulated metropolitan management experience on the five continents. 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 at the University King Juan Carlos of Madrid, after being Director General for Regional Planning of Madrid region and Deputy Mayor for Madrid in charge of strategic planning for the capital of Spain. He made the Strategic Plan of Madrid in 1994 and the Metropolitan Plan in 1996. You can find out more about Pedro and his work here.
His work addresses metropolitan rapid growth all over the world, as does his new book ‘The Art of Shaping the Metropolis.’ Pedro’s work expands on a methodology for smart metropolitan planning developed during his time as director of the Metropolitan Plan for Madrid with two models to restructure mega metropolises: the Metro–Matrix archetype at the metropolitan scale, and Balanced Urban Development unit for the city scale. Pedro’s vision is for a new city form that moves from the dominant monocentric model to polycentric cities, based on mass public transport, with a reticular grid pattern. If developed and designed well, it is argued that each center will have its own character, enhanced by designers of public space to create centers with a sense of place blending culture, heritage and modernity.