The project “Reforestation for Urban Resilience” is conceived as a design toolkit to regenerate urban areas thanks to new integrated reforestation devices. Both public spaces and unbuilt private areas can be temporarily forested to support the urban tissue providing a number of productive and public services (i.e. playgrounds-rainwater retention areas). The process of urban regeneration implies the negotiation between the private and the public sector: designers can guide the stakeholders in the search of win-win strategies towards common benefits. The design of a pilot project along the stream Olona, in an urbanized area North-West of Milan, has provided the opportunity to test and discuss the hypothesis with the local municipality.
Andrea Bortolotti, Marco Ranzato