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A new vision: The Green Utopia

— Interview

Green as a source of new life. A flexible organism that branches into urban spaces, brings vital sap and naturally regulates people’s lives. The future of cities passes through the design of city parks and ecological corridors.

In this period marked by the pandemic, we have understood that the balance regulating human life on earth has been disrupted. We asked Andrea Boschetti, architect, urban planner and founder of Metrogramma studio, what do we have to do in order to restore the order between us and nature?

A crucial issue that we have presently understood is that the respect for the environment in which we live is not just an ethical issue, but something of paramount importance.

This pandemic has taught us that it is time for a revolution that has been triggered by nature, which is passing us its message in an impactful way: it demands total respect

Green Community Office Building, Competition, 2020; Metrogramma.

Milano Future city – San Babila via Padova axis Research commissioned by Volvo: 10 centre-periphery axis projects, 2019.

Architects must design without being conditioned by politics, while politicians must govern without launching slogans. In this way, even urban planners and architects would take back a little bit of responsibility in designing cities. Then there are the people.

Public city map, Territorial Government Plan of Milan, completed in 2008.

Over the past fifty years, cities have been conceived as against nature. Squares have become crossroads, boulevards motorways. The natural environment has been reduced to the planting of hedges.

NYC Boulevard & Broadway, Slow city planning, 2009.

— Nature is a system

It doesn't matter how much green there is in a city, but how it is planned. The ecological corridors - real arteries that connect green areas even far away from each other - are important not only because they improve the quality of our life, but because they strengthen nature itself. Connecting the environmental systems that are inside and outside cities as much as we can is the task of urban planners in the coming years.

NYC Boulevard & Broadway, Slow city planning, 2009 ; Metrogramma with ETH Zurigo, Politecnico di Torino, Università Federico II di Napoli.

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