Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region and one of Italy’s most economically important cities. Since the 1990s it has been transforming from an automotive industrial centre into a hub for start-ups and business innovation. This led to its second place in the 2016 ‘European Capital of Innovation’ competition.
Thanks to the introduction in recent years of networks of parks, green cycling lanes, and green corridors along rivers and former-railway lines, Turin has more green space per inhabitant than any other italian city.
The Living Lab: Mirafiori Sud
Turin’s Living Lab for this project is the district of Mirafiori Sud. Located on the river Sangone, it is a former working class area with 40,000 inhabitants and various social groups. The area has high potential for urban regeneration, with its active local associations, strong cultural heritage and abandoned industrial buildings available for new community ventures.
The “Castello di Mirafiori” school will host the Living Lab information centre, which will also serve as a base for testing the innovative solutions. This will enable the development of a new school-civic centre model.
The Living Lab’s nature-based solutions:
NBS 2: Regenerating soil
NBS 3: Community urban gardening and farming
NBS 4: Aquaponics
NBS 5: Green roofs and vertical gardens
NBS 6: Improving accessibility to green corridors
NBS 7: Embedding NBS into urban planning
NBS 8: Pollinator biodiversity