Re–opening Navigli
A wetwild alternative: a new way to affect the city!

Why biodiversity? Why do we need a bio-city?

Looking at the city of Milan, we often see a huge gap between internal areas of the city, mostly characterized by a dense urban fabric, with little glimpses of green, and external areas full of big green spaces and agricultural fields, not always controlled by men. The tendency in our metropolitan cities is to undergo everything to the human control, by leaving to the marginal areas what is no more controlled by humans, like abandoned fields, buildings and undiscovered green areas, unknown by the citizens.
Dealing with a non-antrophocentric approach, the point is to enlarge the way of acting, in order to provide a new way of living in which mankind is no longer alone, but placed in a more complex and wide scenario, made by nature and animals too.
From the starting point of the Third landscape, neither a never exploited space, nor protected by human activity, it was useful for us to notice how biodiversitity, in its larger meaning , is autonomous in its being and growing, without the need of human control, forming a privileged area of receptivity to biological diversity.
What comes out is a new “green river” made by ecosystems into the city, able to connect different parts of it, from the outer one of Parco Agricolo Sud, through the city center of Milan, till Naviglio of Martesana, using the canal of Naviglio; from a monumental and human insfrastructure to a green one, which allows the movement of species among the city. If until now this kind of linear space, characterized by the water flow, has been a typical anthropized one, it will become a sperimental space for the co-habitation of different species, with the necessity of rebuilding the relationship between man and natural world. By reversing this relation we want to let nature recapture this space, making men aware of the existence of different ecosystems in the world: not just those created by humans for humans, but also those created by nature for animals.

In this new kind of space, there is going to be a new dimension of urbanity, lived both by humans and animals: we are letting a possibility for biodiversity to populate the city in order to enrich the environment and the urban landscape as we know it today, providing the land on which it can establish and build its own shelter.

Balsarini Francesco
Battistini Annalisa
Fantoni Marco
Kafili Dorsa
Li Songming

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