Stefano Boeri Architetti is currently based in Milan, Shanghai, and Doha, Qatar, researching and practicing contemporary architecture and urbanism, with a focus on biodiversity and sustainable architecture.
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Stefano Boeri Architetti has provided services for the architectural and urban design for over 20 years, especially on large scale projects and public space renewal. It develops projects and regeneration strategies in complex environments, outlining and supporting synergies between the various stakeholders, public and private entities. Counting on a staff of over 40 co-workers, in the design process SBA collaborates with a wide network of professionals, from engineering consultants and landscape architects, to social scientist specialist, to provide ad hoc solutions over a wide range of territorial and socio-economic contexts. This approach towards collaboration has allowed the studio to spread its practice and to pair with professionals such as Jeremy Rifkin, to develop a concept of urban planning for the third industrial revolution.
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Stefano Boeri was born in 1956 in Milan. In 1980 he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico in Milan and in 1989 he received his PhD from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV). Full Professor of Urban Planning at Politecnico in Milan, Boeri has been a guest professor at various universities, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Strelka Institute in Moscow and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He has been designer and member of the Scientific Board at Skolkovo Innovation Center, high tech hub close to Moscow.
Architect and urban planner, Stefano Boeri founded Boeri Studio in 1999, with Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra. In 2008 he founded Stefano Boeri Architetti. In 2013 Stefano Boeri founded, together with Yibo Xu, Stefano Boeri Architetti China, located in Shanghai.
He was director of the international magazines Domus (2004-2007) and Abitare (2007-2011) and published articles in magazines such as Casabella, Icon, 2g, Archis and Blueprint.
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The focus on the relationship between city and nature leads to the creation of Vertical Forest, the first prototype of a sustainable residential building with facades covered with trees and plants: a model of metropolitan reforestation that conceives vegetation as an essential element of architecture. Realized in Milan in 2014, the Vertical Forest receives many international awards, like the International Highrise Award in 2014 and the Best Tall Building Worldwide Award in 2015 by CTBUH. Introducing the concept of biodiversity in architecture, Boeri works on the development of the Milanese model and on Urban forestry. He presented his project of Forest City in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), becoming one of the main actors in the debate on climate change in the field of international architecture.
The first example of a ‘Vertical Forest’ (il Bosco Verticale) was inaugurated in October 2014 in Milan in the Porta Nuova Isola area, as part of a wider renovation project led by Hines Italia. Milan’s Vertical Forest consists of two towers of 80 and 112 metres, hosting 480 large and medium trees, 300 small trees, 11,000 perennial and covering plants and 5,000 shrubs. The equivalent – over an urban surface of 1,500 m2 – of 20,000 m2 of forest and undergrowth.
The Vertical Forest is an architectural concept which replaces traditional materials on urban surfaces using the changing polychromy of leaves for its walls. The biological architect relies on a screen of vegetation, needing to create a suitable microclimate and filter sunlight, and rejecting the narrow technological and mechanical approach to environmental sustainability.
The Vertical Forest increases biodiversity. It promotes the formation of an urban ecosystem where various plant types create a separate vertical environment, but which works within the existing network, able to be inhabited by birds and insects (with an initial estimate of 1,600 specimens of birds and butterflies). In this way, it constitutes a spontaneous factor for repopulating the city’s flora and fauna. The Vertical Forest helps to build a microclimate and to filter fine particles contained in the urban environment. The diversity of plants helps to develop the microclimate which produces humidity, absorbs CO2 and particles, produces oxygen, and protects against radiation and noise pollution.
Selected Works, Villa La Mediterranee
“La Villa Mediterranee” is a large public building which houses research, documentation and projects that concern the contemporary condition of the Mediterranean sea. The building is located on the docks of the port of Marseille next to the museum of Mediterranean history promoted by the French state in collaboration with the city (the MUCEM).
“La Villa Mediterranée” is a concept turned architecture. The idea of a space of thought and research that encompasses the sea inside. The title of this research was “Solid Sea”. We wanted to denounce the new nature of the Mediterranean, that had become a solid sea made of paths from specialised routes (migrants, tourists, soldiers, fishermen) rigid as highways, that never meet. By the desire to contrast this drift of closure and isolation, was born the idea of an architecture on the edge of the sea open to the flows that come from it. Architecture capable of embodying an ambitious project: to revive today (under the European crisis, turmoil in North Africa, and Middle East torn apart) the cultural and political relations between the different shores and different cities of the Mediterranean.
“I wanted to create an architecture that does not give its back to the sea, but instead welcomes it inside.”
The heart of “La Villa Mediterranee” is in fact a great square-dock that houses the sea. The water square, is connected to a dock into the Mediterranean, this is the focus of the project, the access of the sea is not to create a pool or a decorative element, but a useful space for docking and navigation, gaming, party, entertainment, or commerce. A new public space, open and covered for the citizens and visitors of Marseille.