Grand Opening of EFI’s Biocities Facility & Cities in the age of forests

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Santi Luca e Martina, in Roman Forum, Rome, Italy

Grand Opening of EFI’s Biocities Facility & Cities in the age of forests
20 April 2023, 9:15-17:00 CET
Rome and online

EFI has opened a new facility in Rome on Biocities: a new vision to rethink our urban environment with the transformative power of trees, forests and wood.

EFI will address this topic in partnership with other networks, disciplines and actors willing to place nature at the centre of the urban agenda, to create healthy, sustainable and resilient cities as well as sustainable rural-urban interfaces.

We launched the Biocities work at a special event on 20 April 2023 in Rome, as part of the celebration of EFI’s 30th anniversary year. 

Read our news items:

View the programme and find out more about our speakers.

The event had three parts:

  • High-level opening (in-person)

ThinkForest seminar: Forests and the cities of the future (10:30-12:30 CET, livestreamed) 



Our panellists Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Rossella Ravagli (Giorgio Armani SPA), Yvonne Lynch (International Green Cities Expert) and Sandra Frank (Co-founder Arvet) explored the challenges and opportunities for cities and the role forests can play. This followed a keynote from EFI Director Marc Palahí, on The Age of Forests.

  • Transforming Biocities: Designing urban spaces inspired by nature (14:00-17:00 CET, livestreamed) 

What is a Biocity? Our afternoon session explored the latest research on Biocities with experts from the European Forest Institute, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Bern University, Forest Research, University of Tuscia, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, University of Sassari, and the University of Rome-Sapienza. This included a preview of the upcoming book “Transforming Biocities” directly from the co-authors. 

Recommended reading

Wilkes-Allemann et al. 2022.  Research Agenda – Biocities of the future. or you can also download a briefing of the Research agenda.

Ten key ideas for Biocities

Pathways for transition to Biocities

New EFI policy briefs on wood-based textiles & modern wood buildings
Based on a recent study led by EFI’s Timokleia (Cleo) Orfanidou and Mariana Hassegawa, two EFI Policy Briefs have been published. They look at the environmental impacts of wood-based textile fibres and modern wood buildings.

Read the policy brief environmental impacts of wood-based textile fibres.

Read policy brief on environmental impacts of modern wood buildings.

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