No. 2 (2022): Preventive urbanism. Researches and Practices for Healthier Cities

Urbano Vegetale Esperienze e concetti per un paesaggio orientato agli oggetti

Gianni Lobosco
Dipartimento di Architettura Università degli Studi di Ferrara
Published December 31, 2022
  • urban health,
  • climate change,
  • landscape,
  • adaption,
  • object oriented ontology
How to Cite
Lobosco, G. (2022). Urbano Vegetale Esperienze e concetti per un paesaggio orientato agli oggetti. Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti, (2), 129-152. Retrieved from


The contribution discusses the potential of landscape design for reforming the approach to urban health issues especially in the face of elusive and pervasive such as climate change. Starting from the assumptions of Object Oriented Ontology, it argues the need to elevate all objects, without distinction, onto a plane of autonomous existence, so as to overcome the generic nature of certain practices that tend to normalise urban space under the banner of sustainability and the rhetoric of ‘green’. The ‘Urbano Vegetale’ experience is an attempt to trouble these dynamics by bending urban forestation procedures to the desire to theatralise the plant adaptation mechanisms in front of changing environmental conditions. The aim is to demonstrate how it is possible, through the tool of the ‘metaphor’ applied to the project, to develop healthier ecological affiliations by decentralising the human.


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