10. – 27.09.2020

Stefano Boeri Architetti | Green Obsession

Glossarium of Urban Forestry solutions

Exhibition by Stefano Boeri architetti
in collaboration with the Italian Embassy in Berlin and CLB Berlin.

Opening hours:
10.-27.09.20, daily from 10.00am to 08.00pm.
Free entry.

In cooperation with the Italian Embassy, CLB Berlin presents an exhibition by Stefano Boeri Architetti. Internationally outstanding architecture and urban development projects are shown, which aim at a lively and future-oriented interaction between city and nature.

The exhibition, from September 10th to September 27th at CLB Berlin, will display some current projects by Stefano Boeri Architetti around the world. The construction of Vertical Forests (a new generation of high-rise urban buildings completely covered by the leaves of trees and plants), the design of self-sufficient neighborhoods – and the planning of Smart Forest Cities – confirm how architects and urban planners can contribute to bringing living nature back to the city and increasing urban biodiversity.

Worldwide, the Covid-19 pandemic has unveiled an irreversible awareness of the fragility of humankind. We have discovered ourselves fragile in our technocratic presumptions of dominance over nature, suddenly revealed to be damaging to ourselves. We have recognized ourselves as fragile in our intellectual capacity for prediction, which turned out to be incapable of predicting an infection that simply represents the last one in a chain of infections from a virus. And now we must accept and work on this unveiled and in many ways unexpected “fragility” as an opportunity to critically rethink a different way of inhabiting the planet, the cities, the spaces of everyday life.

Today, every architect is entitled to contribute to a different future, by accelerating trends already underway and by transforming architecture into a sphere of life. The current situation is urging us to rethink the concept of urban intensity, in the direction of a new covenant between cities, surrounding suburban areas and living nature.

Milan, heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, is undertaking a major effort towards a broader and more inclusive territorial dispersion, to be managed as an opportunity to rethink the urban dimensions, connecting metropolises and suburban areas. Renovated projects related to mobility and urban forestry are leading Milan to be one of the most ambitious urban planning scenes in Europe, by bringing kilometres of cycle paths and green areas.

In light of the effects of climate change and the current pandemics, the Green Obsession Exhibition suggests a possible way forward, giving voice to the multiple processes necessary for this transition.

Video Content:
Green Obsession 00
Urban Forestry
by Stefano Boeri Architetti Research Department
Simone Marchetti, Sofia Paoli
Green Obsession 01
The future of living and the living of the future
by Davide Rapp
Green Obsession 02
World Forestry. A strategy for climate action
Green Obsession 03
Forest Cities
Green Obsession 04
The flying gardeners
by The Blink Fish for Stefano Boeri Architetti
Green Obsession 05
Vertical Forests
Green Obsession 06
A dead forest for Trojan women
by The Blink Fish for Stefano Boeri Architetti
Winner of Venice Architecture short film festival 2020
directed by Stefano Santamato, produced by Paolo Soravia.

The exhibition is part of the Embassy of Italy’s initiatives for the European Sustainable Development Week hosted by the German Foreign Office which will take place from 21st – 27th September. On 25th September will follow a further talk (in Webinar format) on open and green spaces in cities with Prof. Stefano Boeri, Gillian Dick (Manager of Spatial Planning – Research & Development Team within the Development Plan Group at Glasgow City Council), Hanno Rauterberg (ZEIT), amongst others.

All regulations in place at the time due to Covid-19 will be respected.


Design and coordination:
Stefano Boeri Architetti
Founder and Partner: Stefano Boeri
Project Coordinator: Anastasia Kucherova
Video and communication support: Jacopo Milesi
Research content: Simone Marchetti, Sofia Paoli, Livia Shamir
Graphic Design: 46xy

Promotion and institutional support:
Italian Embassy in Berlin
Francesco Leone, First Counsellor for Economic and Cultural Affairs
Andra Lichtenstein, Project Manager
Alessandro Tartari, Project Manager

Exhibition venue,
advisory support and implementation:
CLB Berlin Gallery – Contemporary Art, Cultural Studies, Urbanism
Dr. Sven Sappelt, Founder and Director
Blanca González Galán, Project Manager
Ahmed Ramadan, Technical Assembly

Trees kindly provided by
Baumschule Lorberg
Coordination of the greenery: Jacqueline Genz, Sonja Haase

Image rights: Stefano Boeri Architetti.



10. – 27.09.2020


CLB Berlin
Aufbau Haus am Moritzplatz
10969 Deutschland


CLB Berlin, Italienische Botschaft Berlin, Stefano Boeri Architetti