Monday, March 12, 2012

Bosco Verticale, Milano























At the moment the skyline of  the neighbourhood Isola  in Milan is dominated by large cranes and construction. These visions of progress seems to represent the opposite of how a lot of the citizens of Italy experience it. Amongst  these constructions is the Vertical forest designed by architect Stefano Boeri. While I quite like the idea of it and the design concept; the reality of it is quite something else. These apartments will cost more then most people can afford and instead of being seen as positive thing in the community of Isola, it becomes a symbol of the gentrification that has been taking place over the past few years. This has led to the already very cement area to become even more grey, and it has also taken away the spaces used by the community, there is no longer a park (apart from the future park that will be there for the inhabitants of the obviously not very inclusive Vertical forest ) or community centre, something they have requested several times with constructive proposals.  Read more about the community's struggle here (unfortunately all in Italian) and in english and italian on the website of the Isola Art Centre. This  situation lets me wonder what the point of good design is if it is at the cost of others?  

3 comments:

mimì chanel said...

ciao mi piacciono le foto che hai fatto:=)un bacio

bert theis said...

If you are looking for informations in english, please have a look at www.isolartcenter.org - english and especially at:
http://www.isolartcenter.org/index_eng.php?p=1131987010&i=1131987022

bert theis said...

for more info in English please have a look at www.isolartcenter.org -english and especially:

http://www.isolartcenter.org/index_eng.php?p=1131987010&i=1131987022

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