With his work, renowned Italian-born architect and professor of architecture Stefano Boeri is exemplary of the new mcbw motto, How to cocreate with nature.

Boeri is president of the Foundation for the Future of Cities, cochair of the World Forum on Urban Forests scientific committee, and is deemed to be one of the key players in the debate on climate change in the field of international architecture. He is known for his research on regeneration and development plans for metropoles and large cities. Boeri focuses his work on the geopolitical and environmental impact of urban phenomena, for example, the Bosco Verticale project in Milan he initiated in 2014.


We have to collaborate with nature and integrate it wherever possible – squares, courtyards, promenades, rooftops, and façades. On the occasion of mcbw 2024, I want to share my design approach to reducing damage caused by climate change – which I introduced in Green Obsession and in other publications – with everybody who looks into the future of our cities and our species on our planet with courage and optimism.

- Stefano Boeri

Bosco Verticale is the first prototype of a residential building hosting more than 700 trees and 20,000 plants to integrate living nature and was ranked the world’s best building by CTBUH (Chicago). Among other things, Boeri’s draft perspective is reflected in Trudo Vertical Forest, the first vertical forest for social housing inaugurated in 2021 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Author and publisher of Green Obsession. Trees towards Cities. Humans towards Forests (2021), Boeri will be the keynote speaker at the mcbw design summit scheduled for May 13, 2024 at Munich Urban Colab.



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CV – Stefano Boeri
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mcbw annual theme 2024: „How to co-create with nature“

Together with our partners and other interested parties, we set out to explore the many ways in which design can help us (re-)learn how to work in partnership with nature, to accept it as a co-designer, and to live and grow side by side with it: collaboration instead of domination. To steer these reflections in a distinct direction, we have coined a tagline that sums up our concern and our mission for the future in a nutshell: "How to co-create with nature".

Read more about the annual theme