As part of Milan’s annual Green Week program, Prada Group will finance Forestami, an initiative that is meant to plant three million trees in Milan and surroundings within 2030.
Within this context, Prada Group and Forestami have teamed up to host an event titled: “Nature at the Center of Research and Design of Workspaces” at Triennale Milano.
A panel of experts has explored the positive impact of green spaces and access to nature on people's physical wellbeing and mental health, as well as how sustainable design principles can lead to healthier and more productive workspaces.
From left: architects Stefano Boeri an Guido Canali
Speakers included architects Stefano Boeri, chairman of Forestami’s Scientific Committee and architec behind various projects including Bosco Verticale, and Guido Canali, who has led Prada Group’s “garden-factories” project. Both architects, counting on their significant experience in experimental design projects with nature playing a central role, have underlined the importance of the project.
During the event, Guido Canali illustrated his latest project for Prada, the Levanella Logistics Hub near Arezzo, where the canteen is topped by a 1,500-square-meter pergola covered with greenery.
The architects were joined by other experts like Hellas Cena, medical surgeon, researcher, and Pro-rector for Third Mission at the University of Pavia and Maria Chiara Pastore, professor and researcher at the Milan Polytechnic and Scientific Director of Forestami, who discussed the health benefits of green design.
The event was also greeted by a message from Lorenzo Bertelli, head of corporate social responsibility at Prada Group. “Joining Forestami is a further step that reflects the attention by Prada Group for the environment and the communities where it operates. It also suggests a connection to the philosophy behind our ‘garden-factories’ and our contribution to the green of the city of Milan. Through this project, we also aim to offer citizens occasions for dialogue and active participation,” Bertelli said.
Work is due to commence in 2023.
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