Immersing yourself in the landscape makes you become more creative. Living in contact with nature increases your well-being. But bushes and flower beds are not enough to turn a workplace into a garden factory. «Nature needs to be designed», experts say. And manifesto-projects such as Guido Canali’s Prada factory in Valvigna.
In the face of climate change, we will have to re-think the way we design cities. In India, Holland, China and America, cement gives way to green areas and “strategic” landscape. Because the way forward is a better designed nature and less concrete.
More than 24 million meters square of urban nature and 20 new parks. In Milan, landscape becomes social bonding and a live infrastructure. The key to make it a success? Engaging citizens
Flowers can be as slow as food. Km 0 blooms are increasingly popular in anglo-saxon countries while in Italy very few people talk about them. And it’s a pity, because they would be ideal for our marketplace.
On come the woods, as wild nature enters the cities. Rewilding is a reality and tells us that the future will not be a concrete desert. But the new urgency is learning to live with the green wave.
Unesco heritage, founded before the birth of Galilei, the Padua botanical garden is reborn in a contemporary garb: a green jewel of VG Associati made of respect for plants, the past and the future of man. Here’s how and why it was expanded At the 2005 competition, many attended the competitio to design the enlargement of the Padua botanical garden (belongs to the University and is the oldest in the world, founded in 1545): among others, David Chipperfield, Mario Bellini, Dominique Perrault. In the end, however, the passion for biodiversity won over the high-sounding name. The vegetable garden we will see (starting this summer, when it will officially open to the public) was in fact designed by the studio VG Associati, directed by Giorgio Strapazzon. Not an archistar nor a botanist but a man whose passion for nature is authentic and informed. Strapazzon likes to repeat that “we are not at the center of the world, but plants”, and remember that “if the plant species disappeared, men would become extinct; but if the opposite happened, …