Milan, Italy

Population: 1.3 Million

Milan is Italy’s largest second largest city and largest economy with strengths in education, fashion, media and tourism. It is located in the north of the country, between the River Po to the south and the foothills of the Alps and the great lakes in the north.

Milan’s CLEVER Action Lab: Lorenteggio-Gambellino and Tibaldi

The areas of Lorenteggio-Gambellino and Tibaldi are located in the south-west of Milan, 5km from the city centre. Both neighbourhoods are affected by heavy rail traffic cutting through them. The CLEVER Action Lab is specifically based in the residential neighbourhoods along the tracks and in Tibaldi around the station; the intention is to use nature-based solutions to address noise pollution and improve community cohesion and well-being. With its numerous unused spaces and buildings available near the rail tracks, Lorenteggio-Gambellino and Tibaldi have great potential for green regeneration.


Green roofs

Together with local residents, the CLEVER Action Lab will determine the positioning of new green roofs throughout Lorenteggio-Gambellino and Tibaldi. The roofs can serve various purposes including the irrigation of storm water, solar energy and food production, improving biodiversity and as community meeting spaces.

Noise reduction & urban gardening

Various nature-based solutions will be used to reduce noise from the rail tracks such as vertical green barriers. Reducing noise pollution will increase the potential of the space near the rail tracks in Lorenteggio-Gambellino, which can be used for community gardening and a new heat-reducing storm-water management system.

Green corridors

Green corridors will be created in Tibaldi to link green spaces to each other, improving the biodiversity along the rail tracks.

Latest news from Milan

Top marks for green cities

22 February 2019

How the CLEVER Cities team can tell whether our nature-based interventions are working


It is common knowledge that living near nature makes you healthier and happier. But is it possible to actually measure this? How can decision-makers make the case for investing in nature-based interventions?


The CLEVER Cities project team is working on coming up with a way to do exactly that through a combination of hard science, citizen science and flexibility. The CLEVER Monitor is designed to be robust enough to provide concrete data on the performance of the nature-based solutions, and is also adaptable enough to account for our learning over time and the differences between cities.

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Co-creation - the CLEVER Cities way

14 February 2019

Between October and December 2018 the three front-runner cities of Hamburg, London and Milan took the first steps towards co-creating their CLEVER Cities Action Labs - the specific areas of these cities targeted for green regeneration within the CLEVER Cities project.


Inclusive urban development
But what does co-creation really mean? For the CLEVER Cities project it’s about opening local urban development to non-governmental organisations, foundations, civil society, research institutions and local citizens and businesses, ensuring all jointly design, implement, monitor and ultimately own the project.

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