Green infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions

June 2018

- May 2023


Visionary Cities

The initiative

The CLEVER Cities project builds green infrastructure and implements innovative Nature Based Solutions, for a better environment and quality of city life. Trees planted in the city will absorb pollutants and lower the city’s temperature, new parks and gardens will be spaces to enjoy and for socialising, green living roofs will absorb excessive rainfall, reduce heat dispersion and help to keep the city cool. The project for Milan concerns the southern zone of the city, mainly along the railway line between San Cristoforo and Porta Romana. Here, the buildings will be given green roofs and façades and there will be a garden and a shared vegetable garden in Via Giambellino; the plans for the Tibaldi train station will make it part of the landscape and an ecological corridor will retrace the old rail line. It is also crucial for the public to be involved in the planning and implementation of the work, and we are developing special digital platforms to make this possible.

CLEVER Cities is using the same integrated model tested in Milan with the European Sharing Cities project, where the focus is on energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, innovative sensors, shared data and involving local communities.


The role of the Foundation

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano is a partner in the initiative

Technical details

CLEVER Cities – Co-designing Locally-tailored Ecological Solutions for Value-added, Socially Inclusive Regeneration in Cities – is a five-year funded under Horizon 2020 (SCC- 02-2017).
The project is setting up the blueprint for sustainable and socially inclusive urban regeneration, which will be used in eight European cities, one in South America and five in China. The pilot work will be carried out first in three cities, Hamburg (the lead partner), London and Milan, while roadmaps will be created to replicate the process in the other cities, Belgrade (Serbia), Larissa (Greece), Madrid (Spain), Malmö (Sweden) and Sfantu Gheorghe (Romania).

Financial supporters