Course code POLI19
Course title Milan, the unexpected green-growing city. 7th edition
Institution Politecnico di Milano
Course address Politecnico di Milano – School of Architecture Urban Planning Constructions Engineering. Via Ampere, 3
City Milan
Minimum year of study 1st year
Minimum level of English Fair
Minimum level of French None
Key words

Environmental Design – Landscape Architecture – Urban Design - Urban Sustainable Planning – Urban Landscape - Urban Parks - Green Architecture  - website 

Language English
Professor responsible Luca Maria Francesco Fabris
Telephone office: +390223995754
Email (only about didactic matters)
Participating professors

Number of places Minimum: 15, Maximum: 25, Reserved for local students:

What’s to do: International students are called to discover, analyse, and discuss through lectures and guided visits Milan as a city where gardens, parks, and greenery have always been part of its continuous transformation during its millenary history. Focusing on environmental design and landscape architecture techniques, this course introduces – also to students without any architectural or landscape architectural background – the relevant meaning of these multi-layered open space infrastructures inside a contemporary urban metropolis.


What you will need: a daily tourist ATM ticket for metro, bus, tram, and train (4,50 euros/day); a sketchbook/notebook; pens and pencils; a smartphone or a tablet with wi-fi connection; a camera; a videocamera/action-camera, if you like; a laptop for the working days; your curiosity and your passion for discovering new things and good legs for walking...



What you’ll deliver: students will produce a video-clip (based on lectures and visits contents and an original screenplay), to be presented at the final discussion.

Programme to be followed

Day 1 - Monday

Course Introduction / Salutations

History of Gardens in Italy

History of Milanese Gardens


visiting+walking: Brera Botanical Garden + “Giardini Pubblici” and Parco Sempione



Day 2 Tuesday

I’ve lost my genius (loci)! - Skate-parks as urban landscape - Students classwork


visiting+walking: Skate Park @ Parco Lambro + Milano Tre Torri Park + Milano Portello Park


Day 3  Wednesday

09:00-18:00 visiting+walking:

Guided visit to Parco Nord and Boscoincittà + Parco delle Cave


Day 4  Thursday

The Weak City - Sustainable Urban Drainage


New Green Projects in Milan


Day 5 Friday

Students’ group-work (video-clips assembling, montage, …)


Final Students’ Works Public Presentation




Be motivated and curious! And to be not afraid by public transports and walking … Each Student has to have a camera and/or a video-camera at her/his disposal during the week.

Course exam

Delivering of video-clips presenting as seen by the Students Milano and its architectural and green structures. Video-clip will be presented in public at the end of the week.