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08/04/2022 | ARCHITECTURE

HOW THE ROOFS OF MILAN ARE GREEN

Posted by: Federica Clari

Architecture and design celebrate the desire for green with urban re-qualification projects and futuristic urban rooftop gardens...

The fact that the cultivation of a vegetable garden in the city has become cool is clear for all to see: for years now, there have been a growing number of areas managed by the residents of Milan who want to eat "zero km" food, real self-sufficient spaces in which to grow fruit and vegetables with low environmental impact in which the producer is also the final consumer. The fact that gardening on the terraces and roofs of buildings has become a question of design is evident from the important names in the world of architecture who have been involved in the creation of innovative and functional gardens in the heart of the Lombard metropolis.
And if the Bosco Verticale by Studio Boeri (2009) can be considered the noble "prototype", we must remember that since 2014 the roofs of Superstudio have been the experimental site for one of the first...

Architecture and design celebrate the desire for green with urban re-qualification projects and futuristic urban rooftop gardens.

The fact that the cultivation of a vegetable garden in the city has become cool is clear for all to see: for years now, there have been a growing number of areas managed by the residents of Milan who want to eat "zero km" food, real self-sufficient spaces in which to grow fruit and vegetables with low environmental impact in which the producer is also the final consumer. The fact that gardening on the terraces and roofs of buildings has become a question of design is evident from the important names in the world of architecture who have been involved in the creation of innovative and functional gardens in the heart of the Lombard metropolis.
And if the Bosco Verticale by Studio Boeri (2009) can be considered the noble "prototype", we must remember that since 2014 the roofs of Superstudio have been the experimental site for one of the first examples of metropolitan "green rooftop", wanted by Gisella Borioli and realized thanks to the visionary synergy between Michelangelo Pistoletto, the architect, Tiziana Monterisi and Tina Monaco of the Association Coltivare La Città. Many are the projects of requalification and urban social regeneration carried out by the Association since then, such as the one that finds it in the forefront together with Aler and Regione Lombardia for the building recovery of the four towers of via Franco Russoli, in the South-West suburbs of Milan, (a few steps away from Superstudio Maxi) and which foresees, for example, that the buildings will be covered with a coat made of rice waste, a highly insulating natural material, and that the roofs will be covered with gardens and plants managed by the condominiums, whose foliage will provide natural cooling. An ambitious initiative in an area, the Barona, with great potential for growth, an enterprise supported also through events, cultural activities and information such as the one that will take place Sunday, April 10 from 15.00 to 17.00, titled "Music on the Roof" at the top of the terrace of number 16 Via Russoli (free entrance).


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