Urban redevelopment, #Enelincircolo Milan project

Urban redevelopment and green energy: the #Enelincircolo project makes Milan greener

Living in one inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable city it may no longer be just utopia. Not, at least, according to theUnited Nations Goal 11, which focuses on the importance of urban redevelopment in order to make not only the cities and suburbs more beautiful, but also more liveable for those who live there.

This is the Ecocity, new city models designed to fully respect the ecosystem and to reduce the environmental impact in terms of energy and waste. And, at the same time, to make the life of those who live there much more sustainable, guaranteeing well-being and equality. ENEL it shares the same inspiring principles and, for this reason, it has made them its own in the project with which it undertakes to give one spinta Green to a large metropolis like Milano.

#ENELINCIRCOLO: the Enel project that makes Milan eco-smart

#ENELINCIRCULATION and the project promoted by Enel in order to generate value not only for the environment, but also for people. There are so many initiatives thought by the company in order to implement what has been set, by redevelopment of urban areas al creative recovery of waste items. What is in progress is one urban revolution which, after a long time, puts people’s dreams and needs back at the center of their interest.

The protection of the environment, as well as the ultimate goal, also becomes the means by which to accelerate the sustainable progress. The #ENELINCIRCOLO project is based on very specific values: urban redevelopment, circular economy and philosophy of recycling.

It is a space open to all. It will no longer be just the institutions that will make their commitment, but everyone can and must feel involved, starting with the citizens. After all, those of us who do not dream of living in a city of their own size increasingly reaching out towards a futuro green? Enel begins with one of the largest Italian metropolises through 3 distinct initiatives.

The gardens of Via Dezza

The protagonists of the first initiative are the Gardens of Via Dezza, located in the Porta Vercellina district of Milan. Here Enel wanted to focus on retraining of the same in order to return to the city a welcoming and inclusive space, well cared for and within which children can play safely and adults meet. Regaining possession of green spaces is one of the greatest aspirations of those who live in the city. This is why Enel wanted to create aarea eco-friendly functional to their needs.

How? Improving the play area together with that of the four-legged friends, redoing the soccer and basketball fields with a new flooring, redeveloping gates, fences, hedges, flower beds. A more cared for and greener, safe and functional park, proof of the needs of those who frequent it and in full respect for the environment, can only foster inclusion and interaction between people.

Energy in circulation

Recovery and reuse are at the heart of #ENERGYINCIRCULATION, the artistic initiative that aims to give new life to waste items through the creativity. But, even before that, it points to the recognition that even an object at first sight useless can be reused in something completely new and able to amaze.

This is where the concept of circular economy, which is implemented through the “recycling philosophy“. The inhabitants themselves become the protagonists of the change by putting themselves to work in the first person in the creation of new works to animate the common spaces. The “Spazio Enel Partner”, places open for the collection of objects and recycled materials.

These, delivered to the artist Dario Tironi, thanks to his inspiration they are transformed into works of art and installations ready to embellish the city. Where is the contribution of citizens? In delivering objects that have been an integral part of their life but which, now, have finished fulfilling their task.

By separating themselves from something that has belonged to them, they automatically become an integral part of the project. Furthermore, by going to one of the different Spazio Enel, thanks to the traveling exhibition of Jane Perkins, an artist known for his paintings and portraits made with waste objects and materials, you can touch the fruit of the “philosophy of recycling”.

Illumina

Finally, the“Illumina” art installation. Made at the Library of the Trees of Milan, is aimed at raising awareness on the issue of global warming, a subject dear to Enel, which has always been at the forefront of the fight against climate change. There urban light art illuminates the protagonist installations evoking a reinterpretation of the Arctic scenario. The scenario of the frozen landscapes of the deep North was created with the use of energy-efficient LEDs and recycled materials. The approach, here, is without waste and with zero impact.

Sustainable cities: the green urban revolution in the world

The green urban revolution called for by the #ENELINCIRCOLO project in Milan in relation to the Milanese city, it has now started all over the world, and it is hoped that it will be unstoppable. The Asian reality is significant in this regard. The Asian cities, fast growing, contain all the elements to improve the lives of millions of people. A change of course is already arising from the wishes of the citizens.

To the question “How would you like your city to be in 10 years?“The most popular responses were:”verde“, “clean“,“ Fresh ”,“ quiet ”. And again, “in harmony with nature“,” With more trees “,” with more spaces for children “,”with fewer cars“. To help Asian cities implement their aspirations for greener and more liveable environments, efforts are being made to improve air, soil and water through environmental management, economic competitiveness and equity. . This will also be possible through good engineering planning and design.

A Melaka, in Malaysia, the historic districts have been made more liveable. They have been grown and developed so that there is no need for too many cars. The river that gives the town its name has been transformed from a polluted drain to tourist attraction as well as a pleasant green space for citizens. Similar actions are underway in the city of Hue, in Vietnam.

In addition to paying particular attention to green redevelopment of the historic neighborhoods, the city is planting trees and creating more green spaces. In the Indian city of Bhopalfinally, the pumping stations of the homonymous upper lake were rehabilitated which, in addition to being useful (they supply the city with six million gallons of water a day), have become a tourist destination and a pleasant green area.

Significant signals, however, are coming from all corners of the world.

  • To make Milan greener, as well as #Enelincircolo was the Vertical Forest designed by architect Stefano Boeri. Two residential skyscrapers built in 2014 and covered with 800 trees, 4,500 shrubs and 15,000 plants.
  • A Melbourne, instead, we thought of the “neighborhood of 20 minutes“. Focused on “living locally”, it bases its assumptions on the desire to provide its inhabitants with the possibility of satisfying most of their needs within 20 minutes on foot, by bicycle or by public transport.
  • A Paris, a notable change of course was undertaken with the closure of the cars of Rivoli Street, one of the main streets of the city. “I would like there to be an axis dedicated exclusively to bikes and another one reserved only for buses, taxis, emergency vehicles and craft vehicles, but not cars“Said Anne Hidalgo, mayor of the French capital.
  • The are also interesting Miyawaki, urban forests in miniature planted with the method patented by a Japanese botanist in the 1970s. These, rich in biodiversity, are believed to have the potential to fight climate change. If one thing is certain, it is that their trees absorb more CO2 than plantations grown for timber.
  • In Israel, a new App could be the key to creating faster, more sustainable and more convenient travel. For users who enter their location and destination, an algorithm suggests the most efficient journey. The system, originally introduced to combat infections from COVID-19, if implemented permanently it could save something like $ 25 million a year.
  • The more and more frequent floods they are certainly a cause of global warming. For this reason, several Japanese urban centers are turning into “sponge cities“, Literally sponge city, to mitigate the risks. How? By increasing the green spaces which can retain and filter water in a completely natural way.

Urban Ecology: why green cities are the future

Designing and building cities in which every activity is conceived from a sustainable perspective leads us to nourish new confidence in the future. The goal ofUrban Ecology is precisely this: to achieve a balance between human culture and the natural environment such as to obtain a positive impact on the environment, concretely address climate change and reduce consumerism and what this entails between excessive consumption of energy and waste.

Let’s not forget how the ecological cities guarantee one better quality of life for whom, in what can be considered gods urban ecosystems for all intents and purposes, he lives there. More green spaces, more infrastructure and redeveloped neighborhoods, more safety for adults and children and less car traffic are all factors that contribute to making cities much more beautiful, functional and safer.

I advantages linked to the development of Eco-cities are undoubted: conservation and restoration of the habitat, efficient use of the territory, effective management of transport, efficient use of resources, control of pollution and emissions. Improving the quality of life of the occupants is one of them. It follows that initiatives such as the #Enelincircolo project in Milan promoted by Enel can only bring hope. The same hope that each of us needs in a historical period like the one we are experiencing. It would be nice to be able to talk about similar projects in the future.


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