Watch The Green & The Grey. New nature-design connections
Talk with Stefano Boeri, Carlo Ratti, Patrick Blanc, Flavio Pollano, Barbara Römer and Marco Romanelli.
The Salone’s city-based project Living Nature. La natura dell’abitare developed with the Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) international design and innovation studio, was set up in Piazza del Duomo, in front of Palazzo Reale.
A single 500 square metres space, conceived with energy saving criteria in mind, contained four natural, climactic microcosms that enabled all four seasons of the year to unfold at precisely the same time, one next to the other. Visitors were immersed in nature and experienced its changes as they made their way through the four different areas: Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.
The project delivered a great ironic, evocative and experiential value. But the end goals were the reconciliation between urban, domestic spaces and nature on one hand, and, on the other, the suggestion of sustainable, genuinely applicable solutions. While air conditioning is often associated with excessive consumption, this project offers a radical change of perspective, demonstrating the feasibility of air conditioning technology that is also sustainable, with huge potential for future applications.
With this event, the Salone del Mobile.Milano made its contribution to the re-greening of the city, albeit temporary. Living Nature. La natura dell’abitare was designed to explore whether or not a space, urban or domestic, can become more human-friendly through the sustainable use of natural resources.
Ultimately, the project provides a new standpoint and a different perspective on tackling the issues of environmental sustainability and climate change with a view to improving our living conditions at home and in cities and satisfy the human tendency towards “biophilia” – a term coined by Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson – according to which we are all instinctively attracted by nature and “programmed” to feel better when we are immersed in it.
A Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) project for the Salone del Mobile.Milano
Concept Design: Carlo Ratti Associati & Studio Römer
Design Development: Carlo Ratti Associati
Scenography: Studio Römer
Engineering Consultants: Ai Studio
Landscape and Botanics: Patrick Blanc; Flavio Pollano
Construction: PAC Team Expo
Graphics: studio FM milano