What’s up: Italy

What’s up: a series on new things in old places.

In Milan, The Green River is an urban reforestation project by architect Stefano Boeri.


The project seeks to create on an old, dilapidated railway yard, a continuous system of parks, orchards and gardens for public use, linked by green and bicycle paths on top of former railroad tracks.  In addition, 10% of the project would create “activities that are currently lacking in the neighborhoods of Milan; that is, especially residential and study spaces for young people (young professional housing and student hotels), but also cultural services and assistance to the citizen (libraries, clinics, kindergartens), as well as social and market building.” 

Green Metropolitan Towers, will be a part of the project and the Green River will cross the Milan urban body, midway between the late 19th century expansions, the Holy Corps and the early twentieth-century suburbs, and will host a ring for public mobility (surface MM6) and a ‘ metropolitan infrastructure for geothermal use of groundwater. With the realization of the MM6 along the Green River, Milan will become the fifth European city to extend the public transport network.




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