Green River is a urban reforestation project that Stefano Boeri Architetti, together with a multidisciplinary team (Arup, Quinzii Terna Architettura, MIC-Mobility in Chain and Studio Laura Gatti) proposes in response to the “Scali Milano” consultation: a public consultation announced by FS Sistemi Urbani to develop five visions on the future of Milan’s abandoned railway yards.
“Green River aims to transform the 90% of the seven rail yards into a network of uninterrupted parks, gardens, woods, oasis and fruit gardens for communal uses – linked together by green cycle paths realized on rail trail lines”, Boeri says, and adds: “the remaining 10% could be employed to build high density urban areas that will host all those facilities Milan’s districts now lack of: especially young professional housings and student hotels, but also cultural services and people support areas (libraries, clinics, kindergartens), social and market housing”.
An organized system consisting of public places, architectures and green Metropolitan Towers, characterized by massive ways to inhabit areas and interlace functions. Green River will run through Milan in a circular path, halfway from the late 19th century urban enlargements, the Corpi Santi and the early 20th century peripheral areas; it will also include an urban mobility ring (MM6 on surface) and an underground structure profiting from geothermal energy from the stratum water. With the construction of the MM6 line along the Green River, Milano will then become the fifth European city for extension of its public transport network. The abandoned railway yards conversion will represent one of the greatest urban requalification and rehabilitation projects of the next few years in Europe.