Stefano Boeri Architetti’s “Green Obsession,” selected as the winner of the SDG Action Awards, was the most prestigious acknowledgment of projects that fulfill the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The initiative that emerged victorious intends to enhance the connection between nature and design by incorporating the principles of urban forestation. “Green Obsession” encompasses a range of conferences, public programs, and a book titled “Green Obsession: Trees Towards Cities, Humans Towards Forests,” published in 2021 and sponsored by the Graham Foundation.
“Green Obsession brings together 20 years of ideas and projects aimed at bringing living nature and especially trees and forests, into our cities. We must put trees and plants wherever possible: in squares, courtyards, avenues, and on the roofs and facades of houses. The two great challenges of biodiversity and the cohabitation of living species are, in fact, the basis of every project of ecological transition and reduction of the damage caused by climate change. Green Obsession is, therefore, a work commitment and, at the same time, a feeling that we would like to share with anyone who looks with courage and optimism at the future of our cities and of our species on the planet.” said Stefano Boeri.
The Bosco Verticale in Milan, Stefano Boeri’s flagship sustainability project, symbolizes Green Obsession’s new urban concept. According to the statement, “Green Obsession seeks to change the city paradigm and make urban forests a priority for governments around the world, ensuring a greener future for all.”
This initiative aims to inspire positive change and shift behavior towards the SDGs. It focuses on the importance of ecological connectivity, urban forestry, and sustainable design to create sustainable cities and communities. Green Obsession also encourages a new perspective on cities, fosters global collaboration, and advocates for transformative policy actions. Through its creative approach to urban planning, ecological connectivity, and urban forestry, it prioritizes Good Health and Well-being and Climate Action, meeting SDG 3, 11 & 13.