Green Island

The Green Island project was created out of the need to bring citizens back to a dimension of greater harmony between the urban fabric and the natural space. Green Island sets out to provide a moment of reflection, as well as giving space to planning energies addressing key themes such as sustainability, urban green areas and the landscape as a whole.

The Green Island project, aimed at valorising public spaces, has been operating since 2002 in the Isola neighbourhood of Milan, between Garibaldi Train Station and via Pepe, involving a large network of arts and crafts workshops, design and architecture studios of the Isola area, as well as proposing site-specific installations and projects created especially for the occasion. Many kinds of contributors (artists, photographers, designers, architects, theorists and students) have been involved in the previous editions: from Andrea Branzi, with his proposal for the Oasi Verde Garibaldi, to the Dutch designer Ton Matton and his Urban Orchard, from Lois Weinberger and his Mobile Garden (presented at the Venice Biennale 2009), to the young Polish designers Medusa Group. Furthermore, Green Island has also provided a wide range of educational activities both at a university level and for children.

For this Tenth edition Claudia Zanfi, founder of the Green Island project, has invited botanists, designers and landscape artists, to create:

1_ A beautiful Flowered Carpet, mixing spring colours and garden’s flavours, anticipating the newest creative tendencies. The “Green Carpet” will be located at the main entrance hall of Garibaldi Train Station in Milan and will be designed in collaboration with Re.Rurban ( The group of young designers and green activists re.rurban will work on the flowered carpet project in an attempt to confront and blend nature and the local environment.

2_A publication/ Notebook on Weeds that grow in Milano city center, a sort of green map, unique in his genre, with photographs of each weed and botanic tables for each species.

3_ Improve and strengthen the valorisation of the territory through the Green Island Network, where local craftsmen, artists, designers, architects will open their studios with exhibitions and events linked to the themes raised by Green Island such as sustainability, recycling, green space, shared public space.

The project will be part of the circuit Urban Gardens connected with FAO and Expo 2015 Milan, as well as a wide network of institutional and private partners: Comune of Milan, Provincia of Milan, Centostazioni, Polidesign, Domus Academy, IUAV, Museum Alessi, Associations of Zona Isola, art galleries, local design and architecture studios, as well as important Media partners.

Flora Binaria
Green Island 2012 – 10° edition
(Milan Design Week, April 17-22 2012)
a project by Claudia Zanfi (director of aMAZElab / Laboratorio del Paesaggio)


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