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Brussels: innovation, design and sustainability

On 29 September, the Italian Embassy in Brussels hosted an initiative to promote Italian design, architecture and sustainable innovation at the Residence, centred on Stefano Boeri, who spoke to a qualified Belgian and European audience on “Urban forestation and architecture. The Milan system”.

The presentation reviewed the main green architectural projects in Europe and, more specifically, in Belgium. Yesterday, the Green Palace was inaugurated in Antwerp: the building, which houses 86 trees, 1000 shrubs and 1200 plants, has a total green surface area of 780 m2, making it the greenest building in Belgium. Boeri also announced another project being planned in Brussels.

According to Stefano Boeri, cities have a crucial role in the battle against the consequences of climate change.

Boeri also presented the Milan system: the Bosco Verticale, the recently concluded Salone del Mobile, the Triennale and the “Forestami” project, the protagonists of Italian excellence in green architecture and sustainable design, also in terms of future and innovation in the economy, social, cultural and environmental sectors. Respect for the environment and the fight against climate change are priorities of Italian Diplomacy. This year the Italian Diplomacy is involved in two major international appointments, the presidency of the G20 and the co-presidency, together with the United Kingdom, of COP26, as Ambassador Genuardi indicated at the opening.

The lecture, which took place in the presence of a qualified and varied audience of Belgian institutional, cultural, design and architectural representatives, as well as the actors of the Italian System in Belgium, was followed by a lively and engaging Q&A session.

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