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The University of Bologna has conferred Laurea ad Honorem in Building Engineering-Architecture to Emilio Ambasz precursor of "green architecture" 

Emilio Ambasz is famous for his avant-garde architecture, which aims to foster a dialogue between nature and architecture. His distinctive style is witnessed in buildings characterised by gardens, which the architect himself has described as "green on grey".

Considered to be one of the best known contemporary architects and designers, his projects over the years have led to an integration of "building-nature", taken as the cornerstone of a new building ethic.

The VEG-GAP project started from the finding that, in order to achieve a holistic integration of urban policies for the realisation of the "cities of the future", an essential means is to enhance the vegetation of these cities. In this context, the restoration of the city's vegetation was considered to be a necessary condition for achieving two different results: cleaner air and a better climate.

For these reasons, the award of the Bolognese university is considered by the VEG-GAP consortium as a positive advancement in its pilot city of the awareness of how urban green can be a full cultural reality.

A concordance with the philosophy of Emilio Ambasz and with the choice of the Alma Mater, demonstrated by VEG-GAP's full support to the message that the architect gave to the young students present at the ceremony: the necessity to create in their future works alternative images that promote a better life.

VEG-GAP Project - LIFE18 PRE IT 003
Duration: December 2018 - May 2022
Total Budget: 1,666,667 Euro
European Financial Contribution: 1,000,000 Euro
Coordinated by Mihaela Mircea, ENEA (IT)