Milan’s 57th Design Week features numerous projects dedicated to re-greening the city. Although the installations are temporary, the idea is to put a little greenery back into urban spaces, exploring whether it’s possible to use natural resources sustainably to create user-friendly spaces and houses.
Living Nature. The Nature of Living
To highlight the special relationship with the city, this year, Salone del Mobile.Milano spreads beyond the confines of the Fair to explore the relationship between nature and living spaces with ‘Living Nature. The Nature of Living’, an installation located in Piazza Duomo, in front of Palazzo Reale. From 17 to 29 April, a 500sq.m. pavilion designed by international architecture firm Carlo Ratti Associati and conceived using energy saving criteria, houses four natural, climatic microcosms allowing visitors to pass from one season to another in an instant. The aim is to offer green solutions that are genuinely applicable, and capable of taking advantage of existing technological innovations intelligently. While air conditioning is often associated with excessive energy consumption, this project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a technology for sustainable climate control, based on the use of solar panel and energy accumulators.
Eataly Milano Smeraldo and Liveinslums Onlus present MI-ORTO, a project dedicated to Urban Agriculture and ecological design, established to bring agriculture closer to the city. Regenerated vegetable gardens, benches and flowerbeds transform piazza XXV Aprile into a playful/experiential installation.
>> Learn more on this event on Eataly’s website (in Italian only)
Hidden Garden’, an evocative project by Pierattelli Architetture, involves the creation of an enchanted, secret garden, populated with hundreds of trees and plants. On display from 16 to 22 April, it offers the public a space to enjoy and interact with nature. Situated in Piazza Gae Aulenti, the garden covers a surface area of 140sq.m. and is protected by mirror-covered panels. The mirrors are oriented in different directions to create a fascinating play of reflections that seem to increase the space ad infinitum (see also the main picture).
Milan Design Market
At the Milan Design Market, hosted at the Gianni Rizzotti Photographic Studio in via Pastrengo 14, Plantui Italia presents a lamp (see photo) that enables you to grow aromatic herbs and salad without soil.