Postgraduate Course in Green Urbanism

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Milan, 4 - 7 July 2022

Do you want to become an urban green designer?
The IDI Green Urbanism course 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 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.

Discover the new IDI video, filmed on the occasion of the Fuori Salone/Design Week Milano 2021 in the striking location of Spazio Ventura.
Green Designer and Green Styling expert Sonia Santella leads us in a seminar entitled 'Green Design: aesthetic emotion and personal research'.

What you will learn

  • Design green spaces in cities
  • Choose plants for the green in the city
  • The hanging green, the parietal green, the vertical green
    Rain garden, dry garden, wildflowers, green courtyards
  • Design solutions and materials

Course program

The birth of the Urban Green
  • The origin of the public garden and the evolution of the garden concept for the masses: from the vegetable lands to the diversification between public garden and private garden
  • The origin of public green in Italy (with European comparisons)
  • The concept of private garden in town of the twentieth century
  • The idea development of green plan for the city: the cities– garden, green neighborhoods
Spatial analysis and planning of the green fabric of the city
  • Geographical characteristics of the territory
  • Urban fabric analysis: centre, periphery, transition spaces
  • The territorial maps
  • Spatial and urban planning
  • Urban green planning: reference legislation, building a plan for the city
  • Case studies on the Italian green plans
The urban green system
  • land use aspects of an urban green system, the determination of areas: the green census, the relationship between census and management plan
  • system representation aspects the urban classification in use, urban green atlas (introduction), system models
  • concept of public green offering and management quality
  • examples of green urban planning in Europe
  • green urbanism sustainability
  • quality assessment aspects of the urban green management system
Design of green in urban spaces
  • the construction of the green atlas: methodology
  • overviewof urban green types
  • preliminary analysis : urban planning, environmental, landscape
  • the renaturalization of urban green areas: approach to the theme and methods to a ecological network and landscape project
  • plant species: typical species, alien species, exotic species
  • major cases of landscape regeneration in urban areas, analysis of
  • criticality and comparison on cases of work cured by the rapporteur.
Choice of plants for the green in the city
  • the choice of plants, botanical criteria guide, soil density
  • the arboreal plan of the city: criteria for choosing the type of tree/species
  • the shrub plan of the city: criteria for choosing the type of shrub/species
  • the herbaceous plan of the city: guiding criteria for choosing the type of perennial herbaceous or annual/species
  • interaction between water-air-roots-floors-pollution-phytotherapy
The hanging green, the parietal green, the vertical green
Rain garden, dry garden, wildflowers, green courtyards: the natural innovation
Forest greenery for the city and the natural recovery of open spaces
  • territorial green, differences between indigenous and indigenous
  • guiding concepts for the renaturalization of urban space
  • forest management: government, management forms, ecological history of the forest, the edible forest
  • the design of urban parks and gardens, case studies
  • biopark design, case studies
  • participatory design applied to urban green, working method
  • participatory design case studies
Architectural green, application fields, design solutions and materials
  • plants for the architectural green
  • guidelines for the realization of the green roof
  • permeability concept applied to green roof
  • botanical aspects of the compositions, between intensive and extensive green roof
  • analysis of installation and maintenance issues
  • analysis of realization and execution works
  • guidelines on the realization of vertical green
  • concept of compositional naturalness applied to the vertical garden
  • botanical aspects of the compositions, between north and south exposure, between indoor and outdoor
  • guide to the criteria in the urban definition of the work
  • analysis of installation and maintenance issues
  • analysis of realization and execution works
  • analysis of vertical, outdoor and indoor garden projects

Job opportunities

The skills acquired with the specialization in Green urbanism can be spent in the realization of green projects for public and private spaces of the city, streets, houses, offices, hotels, restaurants, public and commercial structures. The urban green expert can practice his profession as a freelancer or collaborate with green design firms by offering advice for renovation work or the creation of new gardens, parks and green spaces becoming expert in hanging green, parietal green, vertical green, rain garden, fry garden, wildflowers etc.

Phases of the route

Preliminary lessons: teaching material
Lessons: 32 h
Project Work Phase
Max. Partecipants: 18

How to apply

Fill out the information request form and we will contact you within a few days. In the selection of candidates the scholastic CV, work experience and motivational letter will be considered. It is possible and advisable to send a portfolio of previous works. The examining commission, considering these elements, will communicate the result of the selection and the admission to the Course.


Possibility of financing for the registration fee;
Professional orientation meeting during the classroom phase;
Video CV creation during the full-immersion;
Revision and update of the CV;
Reports of accommodation facilities, in areas adjacent to the classroom.

Italian Design Institute is a partner of Materially

IDI students will have access to Materially for 1 year.
Materially is the largest categorised archive of 7000 innovative and sustainable materials and production processes in the world.
Each month the Library is enriched with 40 new materials and technologies selected by an international, interdisciplinary jury of experts.

Training course

Specialization in Green Urbanism

Public green plays an important role for urban spaces, not only of a purely decorative character. Green spaces, in fact, are part of the urban landscape, promoting harmony and balance in the relationship between human and environment, promoting the psycho-physical well-being of citizens and representing important spaces for socialization and leisure. In addition to the aesthetic and architectural, ecological-environmental, recreational and cultural function, urban greenery also plays a health function, without forgetting the protective function for the areas of the city that appear to be degraded or sensitive.
Urban green is no longer a luxury and expensive asset for the city, but a strategic economic and environmental resource to reduce financial costs and increase urban well-being.
The city must be modern and smart. We can therefore no longer do without the plan of the green and the communal landscape, with which to create a policy of environmental enhancement and landscape of the open urban territory.
The latest regulations for the development of urban green spaces have introduced measures to ensure that urban development is in line with the key principles of the Kyoto Protocol, with a view to sustainability and respect for the natural heritage. Therefore, the designer of urban green spaces must have specific skills not only related to the design of the green, but also normative, 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 with a full immersion course, enriched by practical exercises on the planning, design, management, maintenance, selection and production of plant material, always respecting the landscape heritage and the ecological and economic balance of the communal territories.

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Sviluppo Europa s.r.l.
Via Albricci, 9 - 20122 Milan
P.I. 10282190965
unique code: M5UXCR1
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Province Register Office. chamber of commerce Milan Monza Brianza Lodi
Fiscal Code is the VAT number
REA number MI-2519496
Share Capital 10,000

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