Santander Future Habitat


Site: Santander, Cantabria

Date: Novvember 2022_Presentation of the City Model

Design: LandLab +Paisaje Transversal

Promoter:  Santander City Council

Team: Landlab / Paisaje Transversal

                    Miriam García García. Director (Landlab)

                    Pilar Díaz Rodriguez. Director (Paisaje Transversal)

                    Iñaki Romero Fernández de Larrea. Project Manager (Paisaje Transversal)



Santander, Future Habitat is the new city model for Santander. It is not an Urban Planning Plan (PGOU), but it is its Preliminary document, a previous and obligatory step for the preparation of the Plan. The difference between one type of document and another is fundamental. A PGOU is a legal technical instrument that defines the intensities and uses of the city. A City Model is much more, it is the document that defines the road map of the city in the coming years, in this case to 2055, in relation to urban planning, but also to mobility, to the set of green areas and open spaces of the city, the economic activities, the vitality of the neighbourhoods…. thus, the City Model can and should be developed through more instruments than the PGOU.

Santander, Future Habitat is a city model designed specifically for Santander based on an in-depth analysis of its conditions, needs and opportunities and after the process of listening and citizen participation started in 2020 through #ParticipaPGS. It is, therefore, a model made by the city for the city.

Santander, Future Habitat promotes the transformation of the city through regenerative urbanism: a model that restores balance to the urban territory, and makes economic and social prosperity and natural processes compatible. With Future Habitat, Santander will be in 2055 a circular, sustainable, resilient, structured, prosperous, vital and inclusive city. A better city.


The mission of the professional team led by Landlab and Paisaje Transversal is to collect how the inhabitants of the city demanded their city to be in the future, technically analyze all the factors included in it and structure the itinerary to achieve those objectives.

It is the first time in the history of Santander that a document of these characteristics has been drawn up: A model made by the city for the city. It is based on the concept of regenerative urbanism. Regenerative urbanism seeks to restore balance to the urban territory, designing systems that allow its adaptation and transformation, moving from a linear and extractive model to a circular and regenerative one. It implies a change in the ecological, economic and social models on which cities have been developed and defines systems that do not consume available resources, but rather generate others that ensure compatibility between economic and social prosperity and nature. It is articulated through 4 strategies:

Vital and inclusive Santander


Vertebrate and connected Santander


Active and prosperous Santander


Sustainable and resilient Santander


6 transversal projects to start the transformation of the city


1 neighborhood plan. It is a model of a city with an eye on the daily habitat of citizens: its neighborhoods and the city as a whole. All this with an eye on the great global challenges and their impact on the city.


More information:

You can see all the documents of Santander, Future Habitat in the "Downloads" area, and you can find out the dates of the exhibition, the neighborhood tables and the rest of the ways to participate in "Where to Participate".