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2019

Il Viaggio della Parola - project co-curator Marco Imperadori - ADI Index 2019 selected

Il Viaggio della Parola. Selected project for ADI Index 2019. Co- curator: Marco Imperadori, Ginette Caron (Ginette Caron Communication Design, Milano), font designer and project co-director, Alessio Pesenti di Nordzinc font treatment, and Caritas Ambrosiana
A program focused on sustainability and environmental respect, by using the conservation, restoration, and recycling of 25 pieces of writings from the façades of the Holy See pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 and their relocation to significant places around the world including Italy (15 relocations), Guinea Bissau, Germany, China, and Canada. Translated into 13 languages, the writings are composed of white, thread-like letters, which have been placed on the white walls of the pavilion and can be read-only through their shadows. An ecumenical, laic, and universal message that goes beyond religions: the selected destinations are all places that bear witness to the presence of the Word in the everyday life of the community and translate universal human values into reality: each community is free to interpret the gift of the Holy See in its own way.

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First Master's degree session in Landscape Architecture _ land Landscape Heritage

On October 3rd in the classroom E / F - ed.11 - Leonardo campus - at 3.30 pm, there was the first session of Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture _ land Landscape Heritage.
A significant result for the Politecnico di Milano and the AUIC School: three international students (a Vietnamese student and two Chinese from Shanghai with a double degree from Tongji University) will be the first graduates of the new course opened two years ago at the AUIC school and which completes the first two-year cycle.

From the 34 students of the first year, the course today has over 150 students from all over the world and with different and complementary profiles. Lecturers from different departments of the Polytechnic University, the State University, external experts from the world of profession and institutions collaborating in a course that combines, as a polytechnic tradition, training, research, and civic engagement.
The Landscape project - which combines technical nature and culture - is one of the frontier themes with which the Politecnico helps to face the global challenges of sustainability and the quality of life of contemporary cities and territories.
Our congratulations to the Study Course Coordinator prof. Antonio Longo and all the teaching staff involved.

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Xi’an: Inauguration of the "Joint School of Design and Innovation Centre" with XJTU

The "Joint School of Design & Innovation Center" was inaugurated in Xi'an on 7th September 2019, a university building for research and teaching at the Milan Polytechnic and Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU).

Design by professors Pierluigi Salvadeo and Remo Dorigati.


More details: https://www.polimi.it/en/articles/xian-inauguration-of-the-joint-school-of-design-and-innovation-centre-with-xjtu/


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Arte Sella Architettura project and MantovaArchitettura

During 2019 the Arte Sella Architettura project was consolidated, which in recent years saw the participation of internationally renowned architects, such as Kengo Kuma, Michele de Lucchi, and Atsushi Kitagawara, called to interpret the relationship between architecture and landscape at the garden of Villa Strobele, with the scientific advice of prof. Marco Imperadori, Professor of Planning and Technological Innovation of the Politecnico di Milano.

The place, hit hard by the storm, was the subject of an effective cleaning and reconstruction intervention in early 2019 and was reopened to the public on 1 May 2019.

On Sunday 19 May the Pritzker Prize Eduardo Souto de Moura presented to the public a work he described as "The last bastion of architecture: this is what we have left ...".

The work of Eduardo Souto de Moura, in Tonalite dell'Adamello, is located in the wood of Villa Strobele. A "door" that connects the park of Villa Strobele to the forest, a sort of contemporary "dolmen" that the Portuguese Pritzker Prize wanted to place at the edge of the exhibition space and towards the mountain, struck by the disaster of late October 2018. Solid and "perennial", the work is actually calibrated and contained with respect to the force of the surrounding nature, and stands as a transit threshold and "architectural bastion", as the author says, to make us reflect both on the sense of architecture and on our to be fragile in the face of the force of matter, nature and its events.
At the event at Villa Strobele, the architect's Lectio Magistralis was followed at Malga Costa.

The event was organized in collaboration with MantovaArchitettura, an exhibition curated by the Mantova Campus of the Politecnico di Milano, and thanks to the contribution of Pedretti Graniti.

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International Workshop Southwest Jiaotong University di Chengdu: Team AUIC first out of 24

The Politecnico di Milano and the School AUIC obtains a great recognition in “The Southwest Jiaotong University International Construction Festival"  in Chengdu.


A team of five students from the Architectural Design Studio of AUD held by prof. M. Meriggi  - Darta Adamsone, Tommaso Genco, Cloé Mestre – Caron, Federico Taravella and Ewa Tomczyk, tutored by arch. Lapo Sarfatti, has designed, engineered and built the artifact that was awarded the victory in front of the authorities of Southwest Jiaotong University -  Xu Fei (Rector), Feng Xiaoyun (Vice-rector), together with the members of the Jury Zhang Wei, Sun Cheng, Li Xiaofeng, Cai Yongjie, Fan Yue, Liu Yi, Zhao Shichen.

 




The "Southwest Jiaotong University International Construction Festival" is now in its sixth edition and Politecnico di Milano  has been honoured to take part together with other universities including: Hong Kong, Taipei, the Japanese Kyushu, the Polytechnic of Catalunya and the University of Science and Technology of China, for a total of 24 teams.

The topic of the Workshop  - "An architecture for game" – had been interpreted with the realisation of a cubic pavilion entitled “A game of stairs".
The work began in Milan in the Architectural Design Studio, then moved to Chengdu for the construction phase. The outcome is a dark cube featuring carbonized wood. However, this elementary structure has five irregular openings that let the light in from above, emphasized by bright wood of the inner walls. From inside, three paths are articulated: one is a crossing passage, while the other two are an indirect sequence of steps, leading upwards to a terrace, which opens up to the surrounding landscape.

The news appeared on the Chinese website: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/9X3l8FjQOp7EhyciIu9veg

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Inauguration of Green Living Lab San Siro

FIRST RESULTS OF PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITY, POLITECNICO AND ASSOCIATIONS ON SHARED CARE OF COMMUNAL ASSETS.

Until just a few weeks ago, anyone walking along Via Abbiati, a 300m long street that cuts through an historical neighbourhood of social housing in Milan’s San Siro area, would not have been struck by the beauty of the area. Flaking high-rises, illegal building, pavements overrun with illegally parked cars, abandoned rubbish and walls continually covered in graffiti. A sense of abandonment and neglect which the diverse and dynamic population in the area certainly don’t deserve.

On Sunday 24 March all this changed with the inauguration of GreenLivingLab San Siro. A day of activities, workshops and games to celebrate the urban regeneration work which is the first step in enabling the residents to take back this corner of the city and start to use it again as a public space.

Attending the event were Mayor Giuseppe Sala and Councillors Marco Granelli, Lorenzo Lipparini, Pierfrancesco Maran and Gabriele Rabaiotti. Representing the Politecnico di Milano – one of the key players in this project – Prof. Gabriele Pasqui, Director of the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies and Rector’s Delegate for social policies and Prof. Francesca Cognetti De Martiis, Rector’s Delegate for social responsibility for the territory.


Today Via Abbiati looks completely different. The pavement, previously overrun by cars, is now painted with zebra designs and children’s games marked out on the tarmac, which were partly chosen by the residents. Planters have been built enabling residents to experiment with communal gardening. New bicycle racks have been installed, as well as deterrents to illegal parking and small archways to protect pedestrians on the pavements, measures that along with the new 30 km/h speed limit will make the road safer. All this is framed by a large decorative sign made of metal with the phrase “TAKE CARE”, the inspirational slogan behind the project. The revitalisation of the area also includes a programme of activities organised by the associations who made the decision to take care of this space.

GreenLivingLab San Siro is the product of a partnership agreement for the joint care of communal assets signed by the City of Milan, the Research-Action Mapping San Siro group from the Politecnico di Milano, Municipality 7 and the associations Temporiuso.net, Alfabeti Onlus, Genera and Imby, with the collaboration of Retake Milano.


The project is a pilot action within the framework of the European project “SoHoLab – the regeneration of Large-Scale Social Housing Estates through LivingLabs”, which won funding from the Belgian King Badouin Foundation and the Cariplo Foundation.

The work was made possible thanks to the innovative tool of a partnership agreement, introduced in 2018 by the City Council, which aims to entrust the public with the care and management of communal assets, creating a relationship of equality, sharing and close collaboration with municipal authorities.

“Today we are celebrating handing back Via Abbiati to its residents, which has been made possible thanks to the innovative tools of tactical urbanism and partnership agreements on shared administration of communal assets,” said Councillor for Participation, Active Citizenship and Open Data, Lorenzo Lipparini. “Thanks to the hard work of many organisations, this part of the city can now finally come back to life and become invigorated, improving the quality of life and use of public space to the benefit of all the residents in the neighbourhood.”

 

(source: news polimi)

Off Campus San Siro opens

New shared spaces in the city restore value for the common good

17 April saw the opening of Off Campus San Siro, the Politecnico di Milano’s new space that is open to the city. It is the first of a series of shared spaces that we plan to create with the aim of moving out of the Politecnico’s historical sites to become more deeply integrated into the area and be part of the huge transformations happening in our city.

The Off Campuses will be physical spaces situated in various neighbourhoods throughout Milan, often in the suburbs, and will promote:

  • innovative teaching for students and professors to develop new skills through working in real world settings
  • responsible research aimed at developing inclusive knowledge production processes
  • project co-design and development to directly support stakeholders and local communities


The project is promoted by Polisocial, the Politecnico di Milano’s social responsibility programme, a fundamental part of the university’s Third Mission. We want to build a new relationship between the Politecnico and the city, testing our teaching methods, immersing them in the local situation and connecting them to local places and people, in a huge, stimulating workshop. To do this we took inspiration from major experiments carried out abroad, such as those by Harvard University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Chicago.

The new 130m2 space provides a number of rooms for various activities:

  • Urban room, a working space for project development, responsible research and innovative teaching
  • Neighbourhood open archive
  • Live-net, a meeting space for associations and other stakeholders
  • Educult, a space for cultural and educational activities open to the neighbourhood and the city
  • Neighbourhood bistro, a fully-equipped social space
  • Legal clinic, a legal office providing education on legal matters, managed by the Università Bocconi


A schedule of events has also been planned which will be added to over time with seminars, open classes and neighbourhood meetings. We will shortly be publishing the dates of the first few events.

The Politecnico has been in the San Siro neighbourhood for a number of years and has developed projects that have been fundamental to establishing the new Off Campus. The action research workshop Mapping San Siro has been based in the neighbourhood since 2014 in a building named Trentametriquadri (Thirty square metres). WRP – West Road Project, winner of the Polisocial Award 2017, operates a system for activating networks and public spaces in the suburbs of zone 7. The educational programmes Ri-Formare Periferie Città Metropolitana (Re-forming the Metropolitan City Suburbs) and Envisioning San Siro by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering have focused on this area.

The establishment of Off Campus San Siro was made possible through the collaboration of various stakeholders and institutions: the City of Milan, the Lombardy Region, ALER Milano, Università Bocconi, the Cariplo Foundation, the Milan Community Foundation, the Cadorna and Radice neighbourhood schools, the local Sansheros network and a number of companies.

Off Campus San Siro
Via Filippo Abbiati 6, entrance on Via Giacinto Gigante
Milan

Info: prof.ssa Francesca Cognetti De Martiis, Rector's Delegate for Civic Engagement and Social Resposibility

The 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop: Pear Orchard Cabins

The Team led by prof. Laura A. Pezzetti (AUIC- PoliMi) and Wu Di, Cheng Jing (Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, XAUAT, China) has been selected for the contruction phase of the 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop.

The UIA (International Unions of Architects) and CBC (China Building Center) have endorsed the 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop.
Created in 2016, previous editions have been successfully organised in China and acquired recognition at national and international level.
The annual UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop dated from 2016 provides an architectural practice platform that enables students to walk out of their classroom, face the real environment and issues, and implement the full practice from design to construction.
The site of the 2019 UIA-CBC International Colleges and Universities Competitive Construction Workshop is located at Guoyuan Village, Aiyuan Town, Siyang County, a typical trading town at the boundary between two provinces, which is famous for its “crisp white pears”.
Inside the orchard, there are “seven trees”, giving this place the name of “Century-old Pear Orchard”. However, the orchard is now in urgent need of revitalization as the village has been confronted with the problem of primary and monotonous industrial development.
The Workshop takes place in a pear orchard in Guoyan Village (Siyang County, China). which is more than 100 years old, It is in urgent need of revitalisation as the village faces the consequences of industrial development.

The competition consists of two stages with two rounds of corresponding review.

1. Design stage: the teams submitted their designs to the jury which has selected 15 joint teams.

2. Construction stage: the 15 selected joint teams are implementing the construction drawing for the on-site construction (August). The jury will review the final built work and select the winners.


Formative Aims

By offering practical construction opportunities, the workshop intends to have students thoroughly understand the Genius Loci, feel the architectural space, and learn things that will instruct their future design and practice. They should use a limited space to design and construct their cabins with a view to improving and revitalising the quality of living in the village.
The participants have worked in joint international teams from an institution in mainland China paired with one from abroad.

Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology has invited Prof. Laura A. Pezzetti, coordinator od the Double Master Degree Programme, to lead the PoliMi-XAUAT team together with Proff. Wu Di and Chen Jing.

Third prize at the Tongji Construction Festival 2019

Third place at the Tongji International Construction Festival 2019
Six PoliMi first-year students at the international workshop organized by the Tongji University School of Architecture.

For the second consecutive year, the School of Architecture, Urban Planning, Construction of the Polytechnic of Milan has sent a representative of six freshmen to Tongji University in Shanghai, where the International Construction Festival took place.

This is a workshop that compared the freshmen of 13 international universities, 19 Chinese universities and 16 work schools of the host school, and whose goal is the design and construction of a small pavilion using alveolar polypropylene sheets provided by the organization.

The six young students of the AUIC School - Minghui Chen, Elena De Pascalis, Mariasole Facchi, Maria Letizia Guido, Andreea Diana Dohotar Muresan, Christopher Piderit - has been selected by prof. Luca Maria Francesco Fabris (AUIC educational contact for Tongji CAUP Architecture), led on-site by the architect Riccardo Maria Balzarotti (research fellow) stood out in interpreting the project theme, inspired by the Chinese love poem "Butterfly Lovers", obtaining the third prize.

The group has worked in the three days available, studying a module that can be assembled that combines simplicity of cut - obtained through the creation of templates - and complexity of the final composition. These modules form the two main walls, side by side and slightly converging so as to accentuate the perspective cone and the sensation of depth. Numerous nylon threads are suspended from the beams that connect the two walls, adding a level of semi-transparency to the reading of the space, symbolizing the main verse of the theme poem of the workshop, whose English translation is: "How deep is the deep courtyard? Willows shrouded in smoky mist, like endless layers of the curtain".

We thank the Chinese National Supervision Committee of Higher Architecture Education, as well as the organizer College of Architecture and Urban Planning (CAUP) of Tongji University, whose referent is Prof. Weijia Tian.

Yona Catrina Schreyer is the only PoliMi student selected by the Norman Foster Foundation

Yona Catrina Schreyer, a student at the Milan Polytechnic, was selected for the OnCites workshop organized by the Norman Foster Foundation.
Only ten students with scholarships downstream of more than 200 applications were selected, and Yona is the only PoliMi student.

(personal report by Yona Catrina Schreyer)
Scholarship of the Norman Foster Foundation // On Cities Workshop 2019


"Following their mission to ‚promote interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers and urbanists anticipate the future‘, the Norman Foster Foundation holds seminars and debates, gathering researchers, entrepreneurs, and academics from various fields and backgrounds to share their knowledge with selected students from all over the world. Having been awarded a scholarship of the foundation, I feel honored to have been part of this year’s workshop ‚On Cities‘ that took place in the end of May at the foundation in Madrid, focussing on innovative strategies for urban informal settlements.
The academic body around Sir Norman Foster gave fascinating talks on the current situation of urban cities and informal settlements, reflecting on the issue under various lenses - physics, economics, architecture, anthropology, sociology and urban planning - giving close insight on their individual approach to deal with today’s urban challenges. All seminars were followed by intense discussions between the academic body and scholars and by the unique chance to approach the speakers and continue conversations and personal exchange. A public debate brought parts of the academic body on stage to reflect on the matters altogether. It was another highlight of the workshop, mirroring the complexity of the urban transformation in the talks and, through a questions and answers session, also in the doubts and issues of the public audience.
As the starting point of the week, the group of us scholars gave introductory presentations to the academic body, demonstrating our individual field of study on the topic of rapid urban growth. Under the guidance of the workshop’s mentor, Luis Bettencourt (Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation University of Chicago, United States), we were elaborating on innovative strategies for future cities. The input of the seminars and the possibility to share our knowledge and research from all parts of the world gave a platform for a unique exchange and powerful creative process. The continuous reviews of the academic body on our work offered another layer of reflection through their professional, critical lenses.
We framed the outcome of our discussions and our common conclusions in a manifesto in which we embedded our vision of future cities. Following our manifesto, we developed two projects, addressing the most urgent matters of our discussions through one architectural and one social project, which we hope to carry on forward in the future.
In the amazing setting of the foundation’s headquarter, the team of the Norman Foster Foundation created an inspiring environment for us and empowered us to share and gain knowledge, work and discuss intensely, and encouraged us to invest our strength and ideas not only for the duration of the workshop, but to keep uniting us in envisioning strong future cities."

Second prize for "Affordable Housing in London"

[Translate to English:]

Gennaro Postiglione insieme a Stefania Sabatinelli e Massimo Bricocoli hanno partecipato ad un concorso (di architettura) di idee sul tema "Affordable Housing in London” ottenendo il Secondo Premio. Al progetto ha anche un nostro neo-laureato, Nicola Sirugo.

Il lavoro è il frutto di una ricerca sull’abitare iniziata da un paio d'anni e che vede impegnato il team di progetto a incrociare ricerca e didattica puntando sulla forza di affrontare il tema muniti di bagagli disciplinari e competenze molto diverse. È una sfida importante che inizia ora a dare i suoi primi frutti, di cui infatti sono stati presentati un paper alla Conferenza internazionale “Inside the City” (London Met) e un seminario presso l’Università di Malmö.


Questo il commento della giuria:

Coliving and cohabitation serve to increase density by reorganizing the layouts of existing buildings for more efficient spaces, and to include shared amenities for larger groups of inhabitants. The designer of this project, quoting STAR strategies + Architecture, states: “the real revolution in housing is indoors.” The proposal rearranges the interior layout of a typical london housing block, as the designer claims, to mirror the growing variety of job positions and of family arrangements. The ways in which people organize their urban lives to afford housing “is to be more closely investigated, as this brings along significant changes in terms of housing cultures, patterns of solidarity/community, and socio-spatial organization.” The design offers a selection of flexible interior organizational components – including the bathroom core, the equipped wall fitted with shelving and insulation, and movable partitions. The layout accounts for a mixture of user profiles, from the single adult student, to the elderly couple, to the divorced parent with child. The jury wonders, in what other building typologies can this project be applied?

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Four winning projects in the fifth edition of the POLISOCIAL AWARD 2018

POLISOCIAL AWARD 2018

SMART CITIES AND COMMUNITIES IN AFRICA: FOUR WINNING PROJECTS IN THE FIFTH EDITION OF THE POLISOCIAL AWARD

The prizegiving ceremony for the Polisocial Award 2018 was held in the Auditorium. It was the fifth edition of the competition that recognises research projects with high social impact developed at our university.

Polisocial is the Politecnico di Milano’s programme of engagement and social responsibility which has been running since 2012, one of the first social responsibility programmes in the academic arena in Italy. We decided to adhere to our Third Mission, financing and incentivising research that can track social demand in today’s world. The result is a total of €2,500,000 of financing from 5x1000 income tax donated to our university and other financing provided by external partners to co-finance the initiative.

 

Cooperation and Development are the themes of this fifth edition and the geographical study area is Africa. It is a continent that is growing rapidly, which puts institutions – particularly cultural and research institutions like the university – in front of important choices. Prosperity, respect for the planet and social inclusion are some of the key drivers for development in this area.

Judging the projects is a Scientific Committee made up of professors from the Politecnico di Milano, assisted by a prestigious Advisory Board of external experts. There are four winning projects, which will be launched at the beginning of March and will run for 15 months. The theme is Smart Cities and Communities: proposed multidisciplinary research paths aimed at identifying local development plans in Eritrea, Mozambique and Somalia.

A remarkable number of professors and researchers took part in the call. In contrast to previous editions, this year’s prize fund is bigger – €500,000 – and is shared among a smaller number of projects which are wider-reaching and focused on the long term. They also wanted to promote interdisciplinarity in the entries: in all there were 9 departments and 35 professors involved.

This financing is only a starting point. Polisocial wants to follow and support the projects, so to this end an additional prize was introduced this year: €30,000 following the intermediate report, to support the launch of the projects’ scalability phase.

The winning projects are:

 

  • BECOMe | Business ECOsystem design for sustainable settlements in Mogadishu: affordable housing, local entrepreneurship and social facilities – Director: Prof. Oscar Bellini (Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering)

 

 

 

  • BOA_MA_NHA! | Study for the integrated development of the regions BOAne, MoAmba, NamahacHA – Director: Prof. Laura Montedoro (Department of Architecture and Urban Studies)

 

 

 

  • SAFARI NJEMA | From informal mobility to mobility policies through big data analysis – Director: Prof. Simone Vantini (Department of Mathematics)

 

 

 

  • EMotion | Eritrea Mobility and Cultural Heritage: New Frontiers of the Horn of Africa –  Director: Prof. Federico Cheli (Department of Mechanical Engineering)

 

 

Advisory Board members: Cheikh Bedda – African Union Commission; Antonella Baldino - Cassa Depositi e Prestiti; Stefano Bologna - UNIDO; Elena Casolari - OPES-LCEF; Cleophas Adrien Dioma - “Migration and development” Group, CNCS; Stefania Mancini - Assifero; Giuseppe Mistretta - MAECI, DGMO; Roberto Ridolfi - FAO; Piotr Tulej - DG RTD, EU.

 

On the Scientific Committee, Professors: Niccolò Aste, Paolo Biscari, Massimo Bricocoli, Francesca Cognetti, Emanuela Colombo, Emilio Faroldi, Giorgio Guariso, Cristina Masella and Gabriele Pasqui.

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Ceremony for the "Laure Larouzè" Study Award - XVII edition - Campus Lecco

Project proposals for "project for an innovative and carbon free development at Greco-Breda area in Milan"

The Award for the “Laure Larouzè  SUSTAINABLE_BUILT_ENVINRONMENT” Prize was presented at the B2.3 classroom of the Lecco Territorial Center on January 15th 2019 - "Re-inventing cities, project for innovative and carbon free development at Greco-Breda area in Milan ", addressed to students of the Master's degree in Building and Architectural Engineering of the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering of the Politecnico di Milano, participating in the courses of Sustainable Multidisciplinary Design Process (SMDP) and Sustainable Multidisciplinary Design Process Studio, respectively under the direction of Professors Massimo Tadi and Franck Nolesini.
The award, now in its seventeenth edition, was promoted by the Lecco regional center, in collaboration with Rotary Club Lecco Manzoni and was attended by 15 international student groups from 12 different countries around the world.

The purpose of the initiative has tended to stimulate the active participation and proactive approach of students by increasing the level of knowledge and investigation of the various disciplines that influence sustainable architectural and urban planning together with the possibility of providing an innovative contribution to the debate which concerns the possible transformation of the Greco-Breda area in Milan.

The theme of the competition was, in fact, the design of a "Re-inventing cities, a project for an innovative and carbon-free development at Greco-Breda area in Milan", in the north-east of Milan.
The main objective of the competition is the urban redevelopment of the Greco Breda area, which is part of Milan strategic plan for the regeneration of abandoned railway stations. The site consists of three main parts: the former railway station next to the Greco-Pirelli station, a green area located further east, on Via Breda, and a long and narrow strip of land, home to a disused railway track, which it faces west on the Bicocca district. It is an urban area to be oriented towards the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainable urban liveability.

The project proposals were called to operate according to an integrated model of a holistic and multi-scalar type capable of integrating the aspects of sustainable mobility, integration, and strengthening of the public transport system, of local energy production together with advanced treatment models of the water and waste cycle; Furthermore, to underline the strategic position of the area, the projects have been called to investigate the role of urban agriculture in food production. In summary, a model sustainable neighborhood that interprets the specific location in a significant infrastructure node for the metropolitan city of Milan.
The presence of one of the busiest railway stations for local services in the Monza direction makes this site a junction of strategic importance in the urban context. The redevelopment of the airport constitutes an opportunity to reduce vehicular traffic and promote the use of sustainable modes of transport, overcoming the railway barrier to allow better pedestrian and cycle connections with the station and with other destinations.

The students formulated innovative project proposals that linked high-tech solutions with the enhancement of the local agricultural landscape, with the aim of obtaining harmonious connections with the existing social, economic, and residential context.
The papers were evaluated by a commission that declared a merit ranking of the ability of the projects to meet the objectives of the competition with particular attention to the technologies adopted with a view to saving energy and environmental sustainability.

Ranking:

  • First classified group 1: Bahaa Zein, Babajaninia Shirvani Street, Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Lotfy Elmaraghy, Viktoriia Korovina, Helia Khalaj
  • Second classified group 13: Gaber Mona, Francesco Mainetti, Sheikh Haasani Navid, Tabatabaei Ailin, Tajik Ramyar
  • Third place group 2: Arianna Corti, Noam Kalai, Yasman Naezi, Islam Rihan

In consideration of the high quality presented, the jury decided to assign three mentions, (one more than what is foreseen in the announcement):

  • First mention to group 4: Manuela Loza, Nur Yemisci, Asli Nur Timur, Mohammadmahdi Poursheikhali, Hung Yang
  • Second mention to group 6: Modaresi Saba, Marco Rotundo, Parvatharredy Saichandu, Marta Saccuman
  • Third mention to group 8: Giorgia Caniato, Guilihuma Ainiwaner, Ghayouri Reyhaneh, Nemati Ali

 The Jury:

  • Prof. Manuela Grecchi, Vice Rector for Lecco Campus, Politecnico di Milano;
  • Prof. Gabriele Masera, Coordinator of the MSc in Building Engineering and Architecture, Politecnico di Milano;
  • Dott. Alessandra  Pilia, Head of Comunication A.P.I. Associazione Piccole e Medie Industrie representantive Dott. Ing. Stefano Valvason, General Director A.P.I. Associazione Piccole e Medie Industrie;
  • Dott. Ing. Chiara Bonaiti, Vice President Rotary club Lecco Manzoni representantive Dott. Avv. Stefano Artese, President Rotary club Lecco Manzoni;
  • Ing. Giancarlo Alderighi, Expert delegate, Rotary club Lecco Manzoni;

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