Two years after Expo Milano 2015 closed, a master plan has been put in place to develop a hub for science and knowledge side by side with a futuristic-looking neighbourhood.
The Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) design and innovation firm and the Australian Lendlease real estate group have won the international competition for the transformation of the former Expo Milano 2015 area. The master plan will see the development of a Science, Knowledge and Innovation Park on a site of over 1 million square metres. Their project was considered the best by Arexpo, the predominantly public company that owns the area in the north-west of Milan.
The new innovation hub will includes offices, research centres, universities, residences, cultural spaces and areas for urban agriculture as well as the first residential neighbourhood in the world designed for self-driving vehicles. The project involves the development of a green area with public spaces for communal living along with coworking areas, co-living services, new production facilities and digital sensors that will allow every citizen to personalize their experience of the environment.
Among the highlights of the project are the linear park, located on the current Decumanus which will be transformed into a green space over 1,500 meters long, one of the largest in Europe and around which the daily life of the city will take place. Self-driving mobility envisages autonomous vehicles in advance of what will happen in more and more cities in the near future, in order to encourage a reduction in traffic, an improvement in environmental air quality and the emergence of new business and work opportunities. A communal area will host squares and pedestrian areas, vegetable and flower gardens, shops, laboratories and buildings with courtyards in a continuous interchange between spaces that will be both open and closed, public or more private.