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Old January 11th, 2014, 10:47 PM   #761
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Pedestrianization like New York City ilsole24ore.it The closure to vehicular traffic will involve Piazza Castello, between Quintino Sella and Minghetti, and will remain open to traffic on the other service road, not to create inconvenience to residents. "The model is the low-cost pedestrianization of Bloomberg in New York City. We've 110 days to achieve it". Moreover, it was appealed to the world of design and creativity "to create new street furniture and new ways of socializing".
Sounds like a really cool stuff, but it actually means they won't even move a stone to turn that square into a nice place, and they'll only put a few chairs on the streets!
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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:08 AM   #763
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Moxy Hotels opens in Milan: Marriott-Ikea first world's hotel unlocks style 4 less


Designed to capture the rapidly emerging millennial traveler, the new brand launched by Marriott-Ikea combines contemporary stylish design, approachable service and, most importantly, an affordable price. The brand will debut in Italy, with the first MOXY HOTEL expected to open in Milan, at Terminal 2 in Malpensa Airport, in April 2014. "MOXY HOTELS is the essence of the next generation traveler, not only Gen X and Y but people with a younger sensibility, for whom contemporary style is paramount" said Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International.

Moxy Hotels will have between 150 and 300 rooms, with an average area of 17 sqm per room, all equipped with flat screen tv, USB ports, free wi-fi and wall art to reflect, and recall the city in which he venue to the hotel. The cost of development is expected in 45 thousand euro per room. The final price will be between 60 and 90 euro per night. Fifty hotels will open in the next five years.

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Old January 13th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #764
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Awesome ..Milan's skyline is the best among Italian cities
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Old January 13th, 2014, 01:50 PM   #765
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the Docks - updates

In the old dock will return the water, after many years. The restyling of the Docks, along the Navigli in Milan, is in progress, as evidenced by these pictures. They will also be restored in the hollow wood found during the excavations and the Spanish walls, walkways will be built and a docking point for boats near Piazzale Cantore. Then trees, events and shows. In addition in Piazza XXIV Maggio, will be partly pedestrian. There will also be a new body of water with the partial reopening of the Ticinello under the neoclassical door of Cagnola.










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Old January 13th, 2014, 03:25 PM   #766
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Old January 13th, 2014, 05:03 PM   #767
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[INDENT]the Docks - updates

In the old dock will return the water, after many years. The restyling of the Docks, along the Navigli in Milan, is in progress, as evidenced by these pictures. They will also be restored in the hollow wood found during the excavations and the Spanish walls, walkways will be built and a docking point for boats near Piazzale Cantore. Then trees, events and shows. In addition in Piazza XXIV Maggio, will be partly pedestrian. There will also be a new body of water with the partial reopening of the Ticinello under the neoclassical door of Cagnola.

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You forgot to add that the hideous market, visible at the left in this picture between Cagnola's Arch and the water, will finally be demolished and replaced with a nicer one!
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Old January 13th, 2014, 06:07 PM   #768
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Cool!!!

I remember having a posh aperitivo at Porta Ticinese (the big Gate to the left of this picture) in a place called Le Trottoir Alla Darsena But also eating sushi in one of the many "all you can eat" restaurants located nearby.

For the non-milanese people, the whole area is pretty vibrant, especially at night. It will for sure be even better with the restored docks.
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Old January 14th, 2014, 03:28 AM   #769
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UAE Pavilion, Expo 2015


Every World Expo has a central theme at its core. For Expo Milano 2015 the theme is: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Each participant country is being asked to address the fundamental question that is so pertinent to our times:

“In the future, will it be possible to ensure sufficient, good, healthy sustainable food for all mankind?”

Italy, with its culinary tradition, is certainly an appropriate place to explore the business of food. But participants are being asked to focus not only on the pleasures of and global fascination with the preparation and consumption of food: Expo 2015 requires each country to examine the entire food cycle, opening up a conversation on the history and heritage of food; transformation of the natural landscape; where our food comes from; how our need for wholesome, healthy food influences our choices in energy production and the use of natural resources, especially water, the most basic source of nourishment for mankind and the earth itself; technological innovations in production and distribution of safe food; cultural and nutritional issues surrounding health and wellbeing; as well as the paradox of malnutrition and obesity and the need for cooperation in development.

“Although the central theme of Expo 2015 is nutrition, and human nutrition first and foremost, it also requires participants to focus on nurturing the environment in which we live, the fundamental source of subsistence for all people on the planet."


Under the heading ‘Food for Thought’, the UAE Pavilion has embraced the Expo 2015 theme in all its exciting and challenging facets, using our own experience of living in a region where water is more important than oil and where the focus now is on alternative energy. Our story reflects the values of resilience, inventiveness and hospitality that we acquired from our frugal but sustainable past, outlines the issues that have arisen by our remarkable transformation to a thriving dynamic state, and explores the partnerships that we are forming that will harness creativity and innovation to address the challenges of the future. But we are not content with solving problems relating to food, energy and sustainability on our own behalf, we wish to share ideas and solutions with the world. And so, although the central theme of Expo 2015 is nutrition, and human nutrition first and foremost, it also requires participants to focus on nurturing the environment in which we live, the fundamental source of subsistence for all people on the planet.  This story drives four fundamental thematic principles that encapsulate and are the basis for all aspects of the visitor experience throughout the pavilion.


The UAE Pavilion is situated on one of the larger self-build plots at Expo 2015 and enjoys a prime location at the centre of the Expo site adjacent to its main axis, the Decumanus.

Recognising the significance of the UAE’s contribution to World Expos, the UAE commissioned the world-renowned architectural practice Foster + Partners to design a state-of-the-art pavilion that would reflect the country’s heritage and its focus on sustainable development. Foster + Partner’s brief also required the pavilion to achieve exceptionally high standards of sustainability and be demountable so that it could be returned and rebuilt in the UAE.

“The influence of sand, an ever-present element of the UAE landscape, is evident throughout the building.”
Foster + Partners took their inspiration from the evocative landscape and sustainable traditional architecture of the UAE. This ethos is also reflected in Masdar City, the UAE’s future energy complex and Masdar’s tall narrow streets and open courtyards, intended as self-shaded pedestrian routes in a car-free city, form the basis of the UAE Pavilion design.

Not only sand as a material but also the effect of wind on dunes, producing incredibly beautiful curvilinear forms. As a result, sinuous textured walls surrounding fluid open spaces are a constant feature.

But the pavilion building is not a separate entity in itself: the physical structure, landscaping and content work together to provide a holistic interpretation of the Expo theme, providing visitors with a unique and thought-provoking experience.


“Visitors will be attracted to the UAE Pavilion by the imposing nature of curving, high tactile walls that enclose a dramatic entrance lined by a 75-metre-long video display, a digital falaj.”

An echo of the ancient water channels that were so vital to life in the UAE, this falaj delivers media tablets that will introduce visitors to our theme and its four organising thematic principles: Sustain, Care, Innovate, Share. Visitors commence their audio-visual journey up a ramp, embarking on an enthralling dialogue that will be educational in content and entertaining in delivery.

Pausing for a short rest before the main show, visitors are at liberty to engage with Emirati ambassadors, exchanging stories and experiences.

The first part of the main show is contained within a drum that rotates the auditorium. This is the beating heart of the pavilion, a hugely cinematic experience that dramatises our theme, leaving an indelible impression on the audience.

Exiting from the drum, visitors are drawn into the second part of the show. Dubbed ‘Future Talk’, this section is inspired by the brilliantly accessible TED Talk phenomenon. Visitors are now standing in a media-rich immersive environment. Emirati presenters use a range of dynamic effects to unravel the threads of our theme, presenting initiatives and solutions to global challenges of nutrition, energy and sustainability, at all times provoking and engaging the audience to make a difference in their world.

A ramp takes the visitor down into a sensitively landscaped oasis space, with a Dubai 2020 exhibition area, café, restaurant and terrace. Here there is an opportunity to relax and discover, explore and taste Emirati-inspired food and the contemporary food culture of the UAE.
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Urban development in Porta Nuova Business District, near Diamante Tower and Solaria Tower.

View on the towers from Piazza della Repubblica, at the corner with Viale Fernando di Savoia


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Solaria Tower, then UniCredit Tower


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New pedestrian and green spaces under Solaria Tower












Pedestrian/bike bridge from UniCredit Tower / Gae Aulenti Square area to Solaria Tower / Diamantone Tower area


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Old January 16th, 2014, 12:30 AM   #772
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Wow. Milan seems to be booming on the eve of the World Expo.
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[INDENT]Updates redevelopment of pedestrian area
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Updates development of pedestrian area, outside Museum of XX Century, near Piazza Duomo


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Vertical Forest Towers and other office/residence buildings in Porta Nuova Business District














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Updates (part 1)
Expo Village - Quartiere Cascina Merlata
New village (residences, services, green spaces and mall) is under construction near the Expo 2015 site and the old historic Cascina




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Expo Village - Quartiere Cascina Merlata
Most high residencial tower is 84 m --- 62,6 mln euro --- 684 apartments of different sqm








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Updates (part 3)
Expo Village - Quartiere Cascina Merlata
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Expo Village - Quartiere Cascina Merlata
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Expo Village and surrounds

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