Green infrastructure and Nature Based Solutions
- May 2023
“We are proud of how well this project has been received, as it is at the heart of our plans to regenerate Milan’s disused railway freight terminals. Our resources will go beyond the study stage and into the initial intervention work” Pierfrancesco Maran, Councillor for Urban Planning, Green Spaces and Agriculture at the City of Milan
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
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).
GLA – Greater London Authority (UK), Belgrade City Administration (Serbia), Dimos Lariseon (Greece), Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Spain), Malmö Stad (Sweden), Municipiul Sfantu Gheorge (Romania), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Secretaria de Ambiente Municipio del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito (Ecuador), Società cooperativa sociale Eliante (Italy), Groundwork London (UK), steg Hamburg mbh (Germany), WWF Oasi (Italy), CEUS – Centre for Experiments in Urban Studies (Serbia), ANPPM – Agenția Națională pentru Protecția Mediului Covasna (Romania), The Young Foundation (UK), Peabody (UK), RFI – Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (Italy), Social Finance Ltd (UK), Yepez Salmon Asociados SA (Ecuador), Green4Cities Gmbh (Austria), Hafencity Universitat Hamburg (Germany), HWWI – Hamburgisches Weltwirtschaftsinstitut Gemeinnutzige Gmbh (Germany), TUHH – Technische Universitat Hamburg (Germany), Ecologic Institut Gemeinnutzige Gmbh (Germany), Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation (Spain), Universitaetsklinikum Essen (Germany), EBN – European Business and Innovation Centre Network (Belgium), ICLEI – European Secretariat Gmbh (Germany), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability EV (Germany), Ambiente Italia Srl (Italy), UBA – Umweltbundesamt Gesellschaft mit Beschrankter Haftung Gmbh (Austria), Comune di Milano (Italy), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano.