Specialization in

Green Urbanism

Milano, 20 – 23 GENNAIO 2020

Become an expert in Urban Green

Do you want to become an urban green designer?
Il course in Green Urbanism by IDI is a path of high specialization in full - immersion that will allow you to learn advanced green design techniques in urban spaces, learning to manage a project in all its phases. The specialization course in Green Urbanism is aimed at professionals, Architects, Garden Designers, Nurseries, Agronomists and Foresters, and at all those who want to increase their skills in the field of urban green space design, understood both as belonging to the public and private sector .

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Green Urbanism

Milano, 20 – 23 GENNAIO 2020

What you will learn:

Design green spaces in the city

Choose plants for green in the city

The green roof, the green wall, the vertical green

Rain garden, dry garden, wildflowers, green courtyards

Design solutions / materials

The training process

Specialization in Green Urbanism

The public green today plays an important role in urban spaces, not only of a merely decorative nature. Green spaces, in fact, fit into the urban landscape, favoring harmony and balance in the relationship between man and the environment, benefiting the psycho-physical well-being of citizens and representing important spaces for socialization and recreation. In addition to the aesthetic and architectural, ecological-environmental, recreational and cultural functions, urban green also has a health function, without forgetting the protective function for areas of the city that appear to be degraded or sensitive.
Urban greenery is no longer a luxury and expensive commodity for the city, but a strategic economic and environmental resource to reduce financial costs and increase urban well-being.
The city must be smart and therefore modernized. We can therefore no longer do without the plan of the green and the municipal landscape, with which to follow up a policy of environmental and landscape enhancement of the urban open territory.
The latest regulations for the development of urban green spaces have introduced measures to ensure that urban development takes place in accordance with the key principles of the Kyoto protocol, with a view to sustainability and respect for the natural heritage. It is clear, therefore, that the designer of urban green spaces must have specific competences not only regarding the design of greenery, but also regulations, architectural, botanical and environmental.
The course in Green Urbanism of Italian Design Institute aims to provide participants with all the skills required by the professional figure in a full immersion course, enriched with practical exercises concerning the planning, design, management, maintenance, choice and production of plant material , always respecting the landscape heritage and the ecological and economic balance of the municipal territories.

Job opportunities

The skills acquired with the specialization in Green Urbanism may be spent in the realization of green projects for public and private spaces in the city, roads, houses, offices, hotels, restaurants, public and commercial structures. The urban green expert can practice his profession as a freelancer or collaborate with green design studios, offering advice on renovations or the creation of new gardens, parks and green spaces, becoming an expert on green roofs, green walls, vertical green, rain garden, fry garden, wildflowers etc.

Topics Covered

The birth of the Urban Green
  • the origin of the public garden and the evolution of the concept of the garden for the masses_from the lands to the diversification of the public garden and private garden
  • the origin of public green in Italy (with European comparisons)
  • concept of private garden in the twentieth century city
  • the development of an idea of ​​the green plan for the city: the garden cities, the green districts
Territory analysis and planning of the green fabric of the city
  • the geographical features of the territory
  • the analysis of an urban fabric: center, periphery, transition spaces
  • the territorial curtains
  • notes on territorial planning and urban planning
  • urban green planning: reference legislation, the construction of a plan for the city
  • case studies on green areas in Italy
The urban urban green system
  • land aspects of an urban green system_ the determination of surfaces: the green census, the relationship between census and management plan
  • aspects of representation of the system_ the urban planning classification in use, the urban green atlas (introduction), the system models
  • concept of public green supply and management quality
  • examples of green urban planning in Europe_ Munich, mobility and green spaces / Barcelona, ​​tourist system of gardens and public parks
  • sustainability and equalization linked to urban green
  • aspects of assessing the quality of the urban green management system: 1) architectural_the rehabilitation of the 2 public garden) planning-management relationship, green plan / service plan / global service 3) urban green system, aspects of SEA applied to urban green - the voluntary assessment questionnaire
Design of green spaces in the city
  • the construction of the atlas of green: methodology
  • synoptic framework of urban green types
  • preliminary analyzes: urban planning, environmental, landscape
  • the re-naturalization of urban green areas: approach to the theme and project methods link to the ecological network and landscape project
  • the choice of plant species: typical species, alien species, exotic species
  • main work cases of landscape regeneration in urban areas, analysis of
  • criticality and comparison of work cases edited by the speaker: the public garden, the urban park, the recovery of a tree-lined avenue, the green mobility project, the environmental planning in the urban area, the participatory planning applied to urban green
Choice of plants for green in the city
  • the choice of plants, guide botanical criteria (plant and clod architecture), soil density
  • the arboreal plan of the city: guiding criteria for choosing the type of tree / species
  • the shrubby plan of the city: guiding criteria for choosing the type of shrub / species
  • the herbaceous plan of the city: guiding criteria for choosing the type of perennial or annual / species herbaceous
  • water-air-roots-flooring-pollution-phyto-allergy interaction
The green roof, the green wall, the vertical green
Rain garden, dry garden, wildflowers, green courtyards: naturalistic innovation for the city
The forest green for the city and the naturalistic recovery of open spaces
  • concept of territorial green, differences between native and indigenous
  • guiding concepts for the re-naturalization of urban space
  • forest surface management: governance, forms of management, the ecological history of the forest, the edible forest
  • the design of parks - urban gardens, case studies
  • the design of bioparks, case studies
  • participatory planning applied to urban green, work method
  • case studies related to examples of participatory planning
Architectural green, fields of applications and design solutions / materials
  • vegetables for architectural greenery
  • guidelines on the creation of green roofs
  • concept of diffuse permeability applied to the green roof
  • botanical aspects of the compositions, between intensive green roof and extensive green roof
  • analysis of installation and maintenance problems
  • analysis of realization experiences and comparison of work execution criteria
  • guidelines on the creation of vertical greenery, differences between wall green and vertical garden
  • concept of compositional naturalness applied to the vertical garden
  • botanical aspects of the compositions, between north exposure and south exposure, between indoor and outdoor
  • guiding criteria in the urban planning definition of the work
  • analysis of installation and maintenance problems
  • analysis of realization experiences and comparison of work execution criteria
  • analysis of vertical garden projects, outdoor and indoor

Programme Stages

    • Preliminary lessons: texts + online platform
    • Classroom phase: 32 hours in Milan
    • Project Work phase
    • Max. Participants: 18

How to apply

  • Fill out the information request form and we will contact you within a few days. In the selection of candidates will be considered the school and work CV, in addition to the motivational letter produced; it is possible to support the candidacy with a portfolio of previous works. Considering these elements, the examining board will communicate the result of the selection and admission to the Course / Master, by submitting the registration form.


  • Opportunity of financing the enrollment fee;
  • Professional orientation meeting during the classroom stage;
  • CV video realization during full-immersion;
  • CV revision and updating for sending it to companies in the design sector at the end of the training process;
  • Reports of accommodation facilities in areas adjacent to the venue of the classroom stage.


  • Stefano Mengoli
    Stefano Mengoli
    Degree in Forest Sciences at the University of Florence and in Landscape Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome, the fields of interest of Stefano Mengoli are urban green, green design and environmental recovery. Specialized in urban green management at the Municipal Parks and Gardens Institute of Barcelona, ​​he developed the theme by studying global service systems for urban green spaces, analysis methods to implement the quality of green spaces and new experimental green formulas for the city, and he served as a commissioner for the awarding of green tenders for metropolitan cities. His research and design activity led him to develop various design themes, from garden roads (Calenzano. 2009) to the study of green eco-neighborhoods (Orbetello, 2011) to naturalistic tourist villages with an ecological footprint dedicated to the intimate contact with the nature (Follonica, 2012); the experience of botanical curator of historic gardens led him to study the composition formula of the botanical biopark as amusement park (Varese, 2017; Lonato del Garda, 2017) and of vertical gardens designed as natural power (among the last, Mondo Juve Torino and Aventine Rome, 2018), like the recovery of historical trees (Castelgandolfo vegetal galleries, 2009; Viale Platani SS1 Pisa-San Giuliano Terme) and the creation of an ornamental park starting from a holm oak forest (Historic Garden Villa Rospigliosi, Lamporecchio 2010 ). He is the author of numerous publications on the subject of urban green and v. architectural, and edited the book FARE VERDE URBANO, a book on green urban planning in Italy edited for the publishing house Il Sole 24 ORE Business Media Srl.

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