Transformations of city ports constitute a continuous tendency in cities like Barcelona, Rotterdam, New York and Cape Town. Puerto Madero with its English Style docks, represented an area of great development potential favored by the proximity of the Natural reserve which contributed to the environmental quality.
The starting point was an agreement signed by the City Council of Buenos Aires and the City Council of Barcelona. In a joint effort, the professional teams of each city elaborated a strategic plan.
Pursuing the collaboration of more local specialist, the Buenos Aires City Council organized a National call for proposals together with the Central Architecture’s Society. More than one hundred firms applied with their projects.
Corporación Antiguo Puerto Madero S.A. as consignor was eager to sign the agreement that led to the National Call for proposals for the area of Puerto Madero, having summoned support from local organizations to urbanize this area and to renovate the old grain warehouses.
The conditions of entry determined the restructuring of the area to recover it from neglect and to balance the urban flaws present in the city center.
They also set a maximum occupancy of one million five hundred square meters, the lowest of all the precedent urban plans, with a great presence of green areas and open access to the river.
It was not, then, just an expansion of the city center but also the expansion of the residential, commercial and tertiary sectors.
The water surfaces present in between the docks and the green spaces. It was also established need to preserve the warehouses due to their patrimonial value.
Ninety six firms from all parts of the country applied with projects. On February 10, 1992, the jury constituted by, among others, the architects Jorge Aslan, Carmen Cordova, César Carli, Raúl Rivarola, Emilio Rivoira, Mario Sabugo and Alfredo Garay, unanimously gave the first places to the projects of three teams.
Three representatives of each winning team elaborated the definitive project: Juan Manuel Borthagaray, Cristian Carnicer, Pablo Doval, Enrique García Espil, Mariana Leidemann, Carlos Marré, Romulo Pérez, Antonio Tufaro and Eugenio Xaus. Puerto Madero Urban Draft was presented in October, 1992.