Contemporary Art - Science - Urbanism - Digital Culture


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

Together with the Italian Embassy, CLB Berlin presents an exhibition by Stefano Boeri Architetti. On display are internationally outstanding architectural and urban development projects that aim at a forward-looking interplay of city and nature.

The exhibition, which will be on display at CLB Berlin from September 10 to 27, 2020, presents current projects by Stefano Boeri Architetti from around the world. The construction of Vertical Forests (a new generation of urban skyscrapers completely covered by trees and plants), the design of self-sustaining neighborhoods and the planning of Smart Forest Cities illustrate how architects* and urban planners can contribute in exemplary ways to bring living nature back to the city and increase urban biodiversity.

Globally, the Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of humanity. Our technocratic presumption that we can fully control nature has proven fragile and even harmful to ourselves. We have had to acknowledge our intellectual capacity for prediction as limited and admit to ourselves that simply no one could predict how the virus would spread around the globe. And now we must use this obvious and in many ways unexpected “vulnerability” as an opportunity to critically rethink – and change – the way we inhabit the planet, the cities, the spaces of daily life.

Today, every architect has many opportunities to contribute to a different future by accelerating trends already underway and transforming architecture into a living environment. The current situation pushes us to rethink the concept of inner-city densification – towards a new alliance between the city, the surrounding countryside and living nature.

Milan, strongly affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, is making great efforts for a wider and more comprehensive territorial distribution, to be used as an opportunity to rethink the urban scale with its relations of inner city and outer districts. Renewal projects on mobility and urban forestry are leading Milan to become one of the most ambitious arenas of sustainable urban planning in Europe, introducing miles of bike lanes and green spaces.

Faced with the effects of climate change and current pandemics, the “Green Obsession” exhibition at CLB Berlin presents a way forward by vividly conveying the multiple processes required for sustainable transformation.

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 Italian Embassy’s initiatives for the European Sustainability Week (ESDW), which will take place at the Foreign Office from September 21 to 27, 2020. On September 25, there will be a conversation (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) and Hanno Rauterberg (ZEIT), among others.

Current hygiene regulations apply.


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 & CLB Berlin

Urban Design

opening hours

daily from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm

Admission free


With ambassador Luigi Mattiolo (Ambasciata d’Italia a Berlino), Dr. Sven Sappelt (CLB Berlin), Anh-Linh Ngo (ARCH+), Anastasia Kucherova (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Francesco Leone and Andra Lichtenstein (Ambasciata d’Italia a Berlino) and wonderful guests.