Two images of our winners side by side. On the right is the Sao Bento station Metro Station with a busy crowd boarding trains. On the left is the Medellin Metro line, a gondola lift system showing a couple cars on the cable.

Porto & Medellín

2013 PRIZE

The 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design honors two projects that demonstrate the potential for the planning and execution of mobility infrastructure to transform a city and its region through carefully articulated design interventions. Established in 1986, the biennial Green Prize recognizes projects that make an exemplary contribution to the public realm of a city, improve the quality of life in that context, and demonstrate a humane and worthwhile direction for the design of urban environments.

A close up of an escalator and stairs looking down onto a train platform

Metro do Porto is a project of significant scale and complexity: 68 km of new track and 60 new stations were designed and constructed in 10 years. The scope of such an undertaking within a UNESCO site and the incredibly high standard of design are breathtaking.

Metro do Porto not only connects residents on the periphery with amenities and services in the historic city, it also forges a collective identity through its negotiation of the region’s unique geography and the composition of individual stations in relation to that geography.

View over Medellín from the Comuna 13

The Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, was sponsored by the City of Medellín, which receives the award for its vision and ongoing support of this project. The prize also acknowledges the design leadership of Architect Alejandro Echeverri and the role of the agency Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU) in the design, management, and execution of the project.

Working with the community to conceptualize, develop, and construct new open-space networks, the designers of the PUI have sensitively integrated a mobility infrastructure of the strategic goals of large and socially complex projects by developing processes that promote ownership by the community.

Porto: The Dom Luís Bridge connecting Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto: The Dom Luís Bridge connecting Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia
A black and white photo of men building a tunnel with hard hats, scaffolding, and construction equipment
Porto: It is difficult to picture the complexity of the metro construction process, which was conceptually developed on many levels, ranging from infrastructures to interior architecture and including, at both extremes, the scales of land use and detailed drawings.
Matosinhos Station
Porto: Matosinhos Station
Porto: Remnants of a sort of water reservoir, including a 60 metre deep water well have been found during the construction work for the subway near the metro station of Campo 24 de Agosto
Porto: Remnants of a sort of water reservoir, including a 60 metre deep water well have been found during the construction work for the subway near the metro station of Campo 24 de Agosto
Sattelite image of Porto featuring the Douro River running through it
Porto: There are almost 70 kilometers of underground and surface track (recovering the existing rail network between Matosinhos and Oporto), equipped with over sixty stations, some of them underground.
Drawing by Eduardo Souto de Moura
Porto: Drawing by Eduardo Souto de Moura
Salguerios Station by Eduardo Souto de Moura
Porto: Salguerios Station by Eduardo Souto de Moura
A tile facade of a Porto Metro station entrance
Porto: A tile facade of a Porto Metro station entrance
The Puente Mirador, located over the La Herrera stream, improves travel times to and from the Andalucía Metrocable station and has become a new public space and meeting place between previously separate areas.
Medellín: The Puente Mirador, located over the La Herrera stream, improves travel times to and from the Andalucía Metrocable station and has become a new public space and meeting place between previously separate areas.
An assembly hall showing rows of people learning about the project from a speaker standing at the front of the room
Medellín: Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano Meeting. The Integral Urban Project strives to integrate community participation.
A birdseye view of a dirt road climbing a hill
Medellín: With these criteria, the northeastern communities of Medellín provided a fitting test for the pilot project. These sectors of the city had the lowest ratings on the quality-of-life index and index of human development. At the same time, in the same area, there was the launch of the Metrocable, a system of transportation that connected these informal settlements to the city Metro system by cable car.
Satellite image of the homicide area, denoted by a white line
Medellín: Satellite image of the homicide area. Under the leadership of Mayor Sergio Fajardo in 2004, the city bet on a public policy focused on reducing the profound social debts that had accumulated over decades, in addition to the legacy of violence.
Children playing on a slope. A girl is sitting smiling while a boy is jumping off it.
Medellín: Children playing in a Medellín neighborhood
Birdseye view of a neighborhood with orange buildings
Medellín: Although the PUIs’ physical, social, and institutional initiatives are effective, preventive security and development management cannot be viewed as the complete answer. Instead they are useful tools to enhance and rebuild a culture of citizenship.
Two cable cars rise up a hill next to a building
Medellín: In 2006, the Metro released the master plan for 2006–2020, entitled “Trust in the Future.”Several expansion projects were subsequently evaluated, including new cable-car systems, trams along 80th Avenue and Ayacucho Street, and the extension of Line B to the east.

About Porto

Works and Projects in the Oporto Metropolitan Area

Design, Construction, Equipment, and Operation of the Light Rail System

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Contractor
Normetro — Agrupamento do Metropolitano do Porto, ACE

Architects
Eduardo Souto Moura, Head of the Team and Designer of the Stations
Adriano Pimenta, Project Manager
Aliados; Trindade; Faria Guimarães, Marquês; Combatentes; Salgueiros; Heroísmo; Campo 24 de Agosto; Bolhão; Lapa; Carolina Michaelis; Casa da Música; Fórum Maia; Abrigo Urbano e Abrigo Polivalente
Adalberto Dias: Pólo Universitário; IPO; Hospital de São João
Alcino Soutinho: Câmara Matosinhos Sul; Brito Capelo; Mercado; Senhor de Matosinhos
Álvaro Siza Vieira: São Bento
João Álvaro Rocha: Parque da Maia, Zona Industrial, Mandim; Castelo da Maia; ISMAI; Lidador; Crestins; Pedras Rubras.
José Bernardo Távora: Francos; Ramalde; Viso; Sete Bicas; Senhora da Hora; Vasco da Gama; Estádio do Mar; Pedro Hispano; Parque Real; Fonte do Cuco; Cândido dos Reis; Pias; Araújo; Custió Custóias; Esposade.
Jose Gigante: Vilar do Pinheiro, Modivas Sul; Modivas Centro; Mindelo; Espaço Natureza; Varziela; Árvore; Azurara; Santa Clara; Vila de Conde; Alto de Pêga; Portas Fronhas; São Brás; Póvoa de Varzim.
Rogério Cavaca: Jardim do Morro; General Torres; Câmara Gaia; João de Deus.

Engineering and Owner’s Consultants
Consóricio CGK o Cinclus, Gibb and Earth Tech Ensitrans, AEIE.

Foundations and Structures
CENOR

Projectos de Engenharia Lda

COBA
Consultores para Obras, Barragens e Planeamento

CJC
Engenharia e Projectos LDA

VIA PONTE
Projectos e Consultoria de Engenharia LDA

FASE
Estudos e Projectos SA

CIVI4
Projectistas e Consultores de Engenharia Civil LDA

Hydraulics
FASE

Estudos e Projectos SA

SOARES DA COSTA / Somague Engenharia IMPREGILO

Scope of Works

Design and construction of stations, substations, engineering works Lapa tunnel, depot and administrative buildings in Guifões Construction and commissioning of the platform and track Design and execution of the urban insertion and deviation of utilities.

Scope of Works

Design, supply, installation, test and commissioning of:

Catenary and traction substations
Lightning, medium and low tension supply, ticketing, lifts and escalators
Video circuits telephone, passenger information service, sound and telecommunications and fiber optics
Pumping, ventilation, fire detection and fire fighting systems
Central Command Post and Scada

Scope of Work

Studies and design of the urban insertion principles
Studies and design of the railway alignment
Studies, design and technical specifications of the railway track
Functional studies and layout of the underground station and the depot/workshop

Campanhã Station / Interface

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A./ REFER, E.P./ Câmara Municipal do Porto

Architect
Arq.° Paulo Calapez — Castro Calapez Arquitectos, Lda

Specialty Projects
Structures

Profico — Projectos, Fiscalização e Consultadoria, Lda.

Electrical Equipment and Installations
Rodrigues Gomez e Associados, Consultores de Engenharia, S.A.

Hydraulic Equipment and Installations (Buildings)
JCT — Consultores de Engenharia, Lda

Drainage and Sewage
Grade Ribeiro — Estudos, projectos e Consultoria, Lda

New Street Design
Via Canal — Consultores de Engenharia e Arquitectura

Study of Traffic
ESTAC— Estudos de Estacionamento e Acessibilidades, Lda

Signaling
Normetro ACE

Catenary
Normetro ACE

Acoustics
Certiprojecto, Lda- Divisão de Acústica Aplicada

Builders
Normetro, ACE/OFM – Obras Públicas, Ferroviárias e Marítimas, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
Consórcio Cotefis: Gestão de Projectos, S.A.
Partex – Consultoria em Engenharia S.A.
Consórcio CGK / Ensitrans

Opening Date
5 of June 2004

Dragão Stadium Station

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Manuel Salgado – Risco Projectistas e Consultores de Design, S.A.

Specialty Projects
Structures

STA- Segadães Tavares & Associados – Engenheiros e Arquitectos Consultores, Lda

Hydraulic Equipment Installations
SOPSEC – Sociedade de prestação de Serviços de Engenharia Civil, Lda

Electrical Equipment and Installations
STA – Ins – Estudos e Projectos de Instalações Especiais, Lda

AVAC
Dimensionar – Consultoria e Projecto Lda

Signaling
Normetro ACE

Catenary
Normetro ACE

Acoustics
Risco – Projectistas e Consultores de Design, S.A.

Builders
Somague Engenharia, S.A./ Construtora do Tâmega, S.A. / Ramalho Rosa Cobetar – Sociedade de Construções S.A. ACE / Normetro ACE / Schindler – Ascensores e Escadas Rolantes, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
FASE- Estudos de Projectos S.A. / Consorcio CGK/ Ensitrans

Connection of the Light Railway to the Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architects
Jacobs Gibb, Lda

Project of the Urban Insertion and Landscaping
Arq° José Bernardo Távora

Specialty projects
Catenary (Design-Building Regime)

Somague, S.A. / Soares da Costa, S.A. (Balfour Beatty Rail, as subcontractor)

Traction, Mean Voltage, low Voltage, Lighting, motive Power, Ventilation, Fire Detection, Intrusion Detection (Design-Building Regime)
EFACEC Engenharia, S.A. / EFACEC Ambiente S.A.

Support systems to the Operation and of Traffic-Light control (Design-Building Regime)
EFACEC Sistemas de Electrónica, S.A.

Signaling (Design-Building Regime)
Bombardier Transportation

Builders
ACE Somague – Engenharia, S.A. / Soares da Costa, S.A. (general builder)
EFACEC, S.A. (in design/building regime in the indicated specialties)
Bombardier transportation (in design/building regime in the indicated specialty)
Socometal,Lda (Station Shelter)

Supervision
Consórcio EGF – Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
27 May 2006

Airport Station

Owner
ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal, S.A. / Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
ANA/DIA – Arq° Joao Leal, Arq.° Patrícia Fernandes

Specialty Projects
Structures

Tal Projecto, Lda

Electrical Equipment and Installations
ANA/DIA – Eng° José Gonçalves

Drainage and Sewage
ANA/DIA – Eng° Miguel Lopes
Engidro, Lda – Eng° João Gonçalves

Builders
ACE Somague – Engenharia, S.A. / Soares da Costa, S.A.

Supervision
Consórcio EGF – Consulgal, Ferconsult, SENER

Opening Date
27 of May 2006

Urban Isertion of Senjora Da Hora, Fonte Do Cuco and Custóias Stations

SPQ I- Group 1

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° José Bernardo Távora

Landscaping
Arq° Laura Costa

Specialty Projects

FASE – Estudos e Projectos, S.A.

Builders
Consórcio OFM – Obras Públicas, Ferroviárias e Marítimas, S.A. / Somafel – Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
Consórcio Consugal/Ferconsult/Sener

Opening Date
July 2006

Urban Insertion of Esposade, Crestins Pedras Rubras and Lidador

Stations SPQ I – Group 2

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Normetro ACE – Arq.° José Bernardo Távora ( Esposade) and Arq.° João Alvaro Rocha (Crestins, Pedras Rubras and Lidador)

Specialty projects
Structures

Normetro ACE

Electrical Equipment and Installations
Normetro ACE

Hydraulic Equipment and Installations
Normetro ACE

Builders
DST – Domingos da Silva Teixeira, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
Cotefis, Gestão de Projectos, S.A.

Opening Date
13 March 2005

Urban Insertion of Vilar Do Pinheiro, Modivas Centro, Mindelp, Espaço Natureza, Varziela, Árvore e Azurara Stations

SPQ I – Group 3

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° José Gigante

Landscaping
Eng.° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty Projects
Structures, Electrical and Hydraulic Equipment and Installations

FASE – Estudos e Projectos, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF – Equipa de Gestão e Fiscalização, Consórcio Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
18 March 2006

Urban Insertion of Sta. Clara, Vila do Conde, São Brás, Póvoa de Varzim Stations

SPQ I – Group 4

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° José Gigante

Landscaping
Eng° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty projects
Structures

FASE – Estudos e Projectos, S.A.

Builders
DST – Domingos da Silva Teixeira, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
Consórcio Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
October 2006

Urban Insertion of Francos, Ramalde and Viso Stations

SPQ I- Group 5

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° José Bernardo Távora

Landscaping
Arq.° Laura Costa

Specialty Projects
Structures

FASE- Estudos e Projectos, S.A.

Builders
Consórcio Ensul/ Gabriel A.S. Couto / Meci

Supervision and Consulting
Consórcio Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
30 December 2005

Urban Insertion of Matosinhos Sul, Mercado and Senhor de Matosinhos Stations

SPQ I – Group 6

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Alcino Soutinho

Landscaping
Arq.° Laura Costa

Specialty projects

FASE- Estudos e Projectos, S.A.

Builders
Consórcio Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
31 August 2005

Urban Insertion of Pólo Universitário, Ipo and Hospital de São João Stations

SPQ I – Group 7

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Rui Mealha

Specialty Projects

JCT – Eng.° José Cardoso Teixeira and Infinitech Engenharia, Lda

Builders
ABB- Alexandre Barbosa orges, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
Consórcio Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
December 2006

Urban Instertion of Cândido dos Reis, Pias, Arújo e Custió Stations

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° José Bernardo Távora

Landscaping
Arq.° Laura Costa

Specialty Projects
Structures, Electrical and Hydraulic Equipment and Installations

FASE – Estudos e Projectos, S.A.

Builders
AMM – Alberto Martins de Mesquita & Filhos, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF – Equipa de Gestão e Fiscalização, Consórcio Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
End of 2005

Urban Onsertion of Aliados Station

SPQ II – Group 1

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Siz Vieira / Arq.° Souto de Moura

Landscaping
Eng.° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty Projects

G.O.P. Gabinete de Organização de Projectos. Lda

Builders
ACA – Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF

Opening Date
4 July 2006

Urban Insertion of S.Bento Station

SPQ II – Group 2

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Siza Vieira

Landscaping
Eng° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty Projects

G.O.P. Gabinete de Organização de Projectos. Lda

Builders
ACA – Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF

Opening Date
14 September 2006

Urban Insertion of the Trindade Station

SPQ II – Group 3

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Souto de Moura

Landscaping
Eng.° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty Projects

G.O.P. Gabinete de Organização de Projectos. Lda

Builders
ACA – Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF

Opening Date
10 July 2006

Urban Insertion of Marquês Station

SPQ II – Group 4

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Souto de Moura

Landscaping
NPK

Specialty Projects

AFAssociados

Builders
DST – Domingos da Silva Teixeira, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF

Opening Date
22 June 2006

Urban Insertion of Faria Guimarães Station

SPQ II – Group 5

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Souto de Moura

Landscaping
Eng.° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty Projects

AFAssociados

Builders
ACA – Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF

Opening Date
12 June 2006

Urban Insertion of Combatentes Station

SPQ II – Group 6

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Souto de Moura

Landscaping
Eng.° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty Projects

AFAssociados

Builders
Consórcio : OFM / Somafel

Supervision and Consulting
EGF

Opening Date
12 July 2006

Urban Insertion of Salgueiros Station

SPQ II – Group 7

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° Souto de Moura

Landscaping
Eng.° Manuel Pedro Melo

Specialty Projects

AFAssociados

Builders
ACA – Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF

Opening Date
18 July 2006

Urban Insertion of Parque da Maia Station

SPQ II – Group 9

Owner
Metro do Porto, S.A.

Architect
Arq.° João Álvaro Rocha

Specialty Projects
Structures

FASE – Estudos e Projectos S.A.

Structures, Electrical and Hydraulic Equipment and Installations
FASE – Estudos e Projectos, S.A.

Builders
ACA – Alberto Couto Alves, S.A.

Supervision and Consulting
EGF – Equipa de Gestão e Fiscalização, Consórcio Consulgal, Ferconsult, Sener

Opening Date
September 2006

About Medellín

Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU): Coordinates the design, management, and execution of projects.

Alcaldía de Medellín: Supplies resources for the completion of projects as part of the official development plan.

Empresa de Transporte Masivo del Valle de Aburrá Limitada: Operates the mass-transit service that connects projects with the rest of the city, manages public spaces adjacent to the stations, and provided partial resources for the construction of the Metrocable.

City Mayor, 2004–2007
Sergio Fajardo Valderrama

Project Leaders
Arq. Alejandro Echeverri Restrepo
Arq. Carlos Mario Rodríguez Osorio
Arq. Carlos Alberto Montoya Correa

Project Manager
Ing. Cesar Augusto Hernández Correa

Isabel Arcos Zuluaga, Luis Fernando Arango Arboleda, Andrés Benítez Giraldo, Héctor Javier Cruz Londoño, Carmen Elisa Hurtado Figueroa, Esteban Henao, Eliana Idárraga Castaño, Mauricio Iván Mendoza Martinez, Carlos David Montoya Valencia, Oscar Montoya, John Octavio Ortiz Lopera, Diego Armando Pino Pino, Francesco Maria Orsini, Claudia Juliana Portillo Rubio, Oscar Mauricio Santana Vélez, Ana Milena Vergara Monsalve

Trabajador Social
Juan Miguel Pulgarín Ruiz

Comunicadora
Ana Isabel Rivera Posada
Margarita Rivera

Abogada
Ana Isabel Zea

Sociólogos
Edgar Díaz Sepúlveda
Javier Darío Jaramillo Álzate

Geólogo
Marco Fidel Gamboa