Renaturing historical centres. The role of private space in Milan's green infrastrucutres

  • Julia Nerantzia Tzortzi Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Maria Stella Lux Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Keywords: nature-based solutions, historic urban landscape, private space, strategic planning, urban ecosystem benefits

Abstract

The symbiosis between vegetation and the built environment in the context of the historic city poses questions and challenges that require a multidisciplinary approach. Today, Urban Green Infrastructure strategies exclude historic centres, where density, preservation constraints, and morphological complexities make it infeasible to apply standardized greening processes focused exclusively on public space. This study aims to provide an assessment of the solutions that are most compatible with historical areas and a methodology to develop green strategies that respect the cultural peculiarities of each context, reconciling the objectives of regeneration with those of cultural heritage enhancement. The ecological potential offered by private spaces is discussed based on the in-depth analysis of the case study focusing on the city of Milan.

Author Biographies

Julia Nerantzia Tzortzi, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

PhD and Landscape Architect, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering. Fellow of the Landscape Institute (UK) and Member of AIAPP, her research focuses on landscape architecture, sustainable design and Nature-based Solutions in the urban context.
E-mail: julia.georgi@polimi.it

Maria Stella Lux, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

She is a PhD Candidate and an ordinary Member of AIAPP. Her research is focused on green solutions for historical contexts.
E-mail: mariastella.lux@polimi.it

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Survey areas and classification of the courtyards according to the presence and typology of vegetation (credit: M. S. Lux, 2021). AGATHÓN 11 | 2022
Published
2022-06-30
How to Cite
Tzortzi, J. N. and Lux, M. S. (2022) “Renaturing historical centres. The role of private space in Milan’s green infrastrucutres”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 11(online), pp. 226-237. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/11202022.
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