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The former site of universal exposition Expo Milano 2015 will be transformed into "MIND - Milano Innovation District " with the aim of creating a place open to the world that can promote territorial excellences, add value to the investments already sustained and to the Expo legacy.

Former site of Expo Milano 2015​

MIND will be a hub of global excellence for companies, scientists and researchers operating in the fields of Life Sciences, Healthcare, Biotech, Pharma, Agri-food, Nutrition, Data Science and Big Data. MIND will also host the Human Technopole, the "Science for Life" campus of Statal University of Milan, the IRCSS Treatment and Research Healthcare center, the Social Innovation Hub-Lab.

MIND will have outstanding architectural features, able to attract investment and generate economic benefits throughout the country with scientific, recreational, cultural, sports, residential, productive and tertiary functions.


The challenge of this plan is to:
* Develop a high-quality project, characterised by great architecture, engineering and public spaces, which is attractive to international-level operators and investors.
* Preserve attractiveness and liveliness of the site 24 hours a day and throughout the year.
* Generate opportunities for innovation and socio-economic development of local communities.
* Secure widespread consensus and support from local communities and interested groups.
* Commit to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, green buildings and infrastructure, smart information and communication technologies.
* Guarantee operational excellence, good services, low costs, stakeholders care and involvement.

The overall area is located north-west of the city centre of Milan. The site is easily accessible from greater Milan, its primary densely-populated catchment area, from Northern part of Italy and Europe. Over 9 million residents live within 60 minutes drive from the area. The site is located close to the busy Linate and Malpensa Airports, and the Milan Exhibition Centre, which is the largest trade fair facility in Europe.


Arexpo -the society which owns and manages the former site of Expo Milano 2015- has officially received two binding offers from LendLease Group and Stam Europe, who are leaders of two respective consortia. The public tender concerned the designing of the masterplan, costruction and a concession for the management of the area, which included the granting of a surface right for a period of maximum 99 years.

Consortium 1
Stam Europe, Macquarie Group Limited, Vitali SpA, Condotte Costruzioni, HOK Architects, Progetto CMR, Mobility in chain, Ambiente Italia.

Consortium 2
LendLease Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Carlo Ratti Associati, Land Italia, Icom.


A committee, chaired by professor Giovanni Azzone, president of Arexpo, Rector of Polytechnic of Milan from 2010 to 2016, was immediately set up to evaluate the eligibility of bids. The other members are: Andrea Sironi, full professor of Banking and Finance at Bocconi University, where he has been Rector from 2012 to 2016 and chairman of Italian Stock Exchange; Barbara Alemanni, full professor full professor of Banking and Finance at University of Genoa and Bocconi University; Manuela Grecchi, Vice Rector For Lecco campus of Polytechnic of Milan and full professor of Building Architecture; Ilaria Valente, Dean of School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering of Polytechnic of Milan and full professor in Architectural and Urban Design.

The committee will independently carry out the evaluation of the two bids and will communicate the outcomes to Arexpo at completion of its activity.

"A major step towards the transformation of the Arexpo area into one of largest scientific and technology parks in the world has been achieved" Bonomi, CEO of Arexpo said. "The selected private operator will not only support Arexpo in crafting the masterplan, but will also take developer responsibility therefore ensuring the actual transformation of the site".​
 

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The Australian group LendLease won the public tender for the conversion of former site Expo Milano 2015 into a Science, Knowledge and Innovation Park of global excellence. The masterplan is conceived by Carlo Ratti Associati, Land Italia, Icom.

In detail, Carlo Ratti Associati is an international design and innovation office based in Torino, Italy, with branches in New York and London. Drawing on Carlo Ratti's research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Lab, the office is currently involved in many projects across the globe, embracing every scale of intervention. The work of the practice merges design with cutting-edge digital technologies, so as to contribute to the creation of an architecture "that senses and responds". The studio investigates the ways in which new technologies, including digital sensors and portable devices, are changing both the built environment and everyday life.

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SUMMARY WITH ALL PROJECTS:
* Masterplan 1
* Runner-Up project 1
* "Sciences for Life" Campus - Statal University of Milan 1-2-3
* Human Technopole 1-2
* IRCCS Treatment and Research Healthcare Center 1-2-3
* Other projects TBA
 

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"Sciences for Life" Campus - Statal University of Milan

Statal University of Milan would be ready to invest €350-380 million aimed at build "Sciences for Life" Campus.
New scientific campus will able to host 20,000 students, researchers and professors from around the world.

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A new campus of global excellence will be built at Science, Knowledge, Innovation Park. Architects have to respect the "Science for Citizens" approach: this means encourage a campus integration with the features that characterize the urban fabric and an effective connection with the future functions of ​​the surrounding area.

The legacy of Expo Milano 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" will be visible in this new campus. The buildings hosting four faculties (Agricultural and Food Sciences, Science and Technology, Drug Sciences, Medicine and Surgery) will be recognizable through an unique architectural style. Each building will be accessible, with large windows, porches and covered spaces. All the buildings have to be built considering the enviromental impact and energy efficency.

It is also necessary to strenght the connections with the city center: train network, subway, smart mobility systems will serve the new campus.


"Sciences for Life" Campus:
Core functions
Departmental spaces (studios and offices, departmental laboratories, temporary research-scape , temporary research focus team, networking / socializing corridor); Learning spaces (classrooms, offices, informal learning corridor); Laboratories; Macro-scientific platform; Library; Green areas / Relax areas / Agorà
Other functions
Multi-purpose training centre; Congress Centre; Startup and co-working areas; Sports plants (including football/rugby field, swimming pool, running track, gyms, etc); Student Residences with services; Guesthouse with services; Cafeterias; Food / Commercial / Leisure areas; First medical aid points; Nursery school; Areas for events; Parkings for professors, students and guests; Hotel (?).

In order to enrich the campus and attract visitors, the University will also develop a botanical garden (including greenhouses for the exhibition of tropical plants and a dedicated auditorium) and educational fields.​
 

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Human Technopole


Palazzo Italia​

Former Italian pavilion of Expo Milano 2015 is set to become one of the buildings hosting the Human Technopole, while two new buildings will be built close to Palazzo Italia. The Human Technopole, with its open educational green area, is expected to host 1,600 scientists/researchers.


Even the Human Technopole will deal with themes discussed during the Expo Milan 2015. Scientists/researchers will work on six topics: genomics; neurogenomics; multidisciplinary technologies for feeding, nutrition, agronomynutrition; mathematical models and scientific data; bioinformatics; sustainable materials, green nanotechnology, food packaging, water cycle and waste management.


The Human Technopole project has been written by the Italian Institute of Technology in collaboration with research centers, hospitals and universities in the territory with individual competences in specific fields.The project has been evaluated and approved by an independent and international committee driven by the italian government.


Iain Mattaj will be the director of the Human Technopole Foundation.
The current Director of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) has been nominated by the Supervisory board of the Foundation.


Committed in development of research and science, and looking for new challenges of high-impact on the scientific community in Europe, Iain Mattaj has been attracted by the very ambitious and exciting HT plan. He was the favorite candidate selected by an international and independent committee chaired by the Nobel Prize for chemistry Martin Chalfie. The selection procedure started with an international competition announcement for the position of HT director: 46 candidatures has been submitted, half of which from foreigners and 80% from scientists working abroad.

Iain Mattaj believes Human Technopole is a great opportunity for developing science in Italy and Europe. The very good project draft can be improved to attract top scientists and create a multicultural, multidisciplinary and collaborative ecosystem.


official website | htechnopole.it
 

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Masterplan
International design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), together with Australian real estate group Lendlease, has won the international competition for over 1 million square meter master plan to reimagine the former site of Milan World Expo 2015. The winning team's vision of a theme Park for Science, Knowledge and Technology was selected by Arexpo, the public company that owns the site situated in the northwest section of Italy's cultural and financial capital.​
The master plan for Milan will establish a living laboratory featuring offices and research centers, universities faculties, facilities, residences and cultural spaces, areas for urban agriculture as well as the world’s first neighborhood planned for self-driving or autonomous mobility. The plan aims to set new standards for urban transformation processes, creating a verdant neighborhood, rich in public life, where innovation is implemented according to an open-source approach - as buildings can be reconfigured and change their function over time according to people's needs.​
"Since cities emerged ten thousand years ago, they have served as civilization's most powerful engine of innovation. Innovation is also at the core of our master plan, by which the former site of Milan World Expo will become a place where to experiment new ways of working, doing research, inhabiting spaces, enjoying life, and getting around - a garden city shaped by the evolving needs of its inhabitants. At CRA, we are thrilled to be involved in the creation of this living lab on tomorrow's Milan" said Carlo Ratti, founding partner of CRA and Professor of the Practice of Urban Technologies at MIT in Boston.​
The following features are among the plan’s most distinctive aspects:​
ONE-MILE LONG LINEAR PARK: The park draws on the World Expo 2015's landmark, the Decumanus – the east-west road recalling the traditional axes of Roman cities. In the new neighborhood, the Decumanus, previously covered in asphalt, is converted into a one-mile long linear park, one of the longest in Europe, which becomes the social center of the neighborhood.​
A CITY FOR SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES: The project's pioneering spirit extends to the field of mobility. The area's streets and roads, starting from the Decumanus, will, over time, become accessible to self-driving vehicles exclusively, in a move that anticipates the widespread changes brought about by autonomous cars. The result will be an increasingly shared approach to transportation, with fewer vehicles needed to satisfy the community's mobility demands, and with positive consequences expected in terms of less traffic, improved environmental quality, and new business opportunities.​
THE COMMON GROUND: Following the principle that much of a city's health comes from the vibrancy of its public space, the project proposes a Common Ground - a two-floor high space all across the master plan - animated by a lively mix of plazas, pedestrian areas, shared vegetable gardens, laboratories and retail facilities. People can seamlessly move between public and private spaces or open and secluded areas.​
"Building on the heritage of the 2015 World Expo, we set forth to explore social, urban and technological innovation. The master plan will create a city that is both a European scientific hub and a community-oriented neighborhood, fostering economic growth and social progress in Milan and in its metropolitan area" said Antonio Atripaldi, project lead at CRA.​
 

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How much of the original expo buildings will remain standing?
 

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Palazzo Italia and Tree of Life.​

Palazzo Italia
Palazzo Italia was also the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards by American Concrete Institute (ACI). The award was given to a project that demonstrates excellence in concrete innovation and technology.​
Designed by Italian architecture firm Nemesi&Partners, Palazzo Italia envisages a complex structure whose exterior and some interior spaces recall the shapes of branches in a thick forest. The entire outdoor surface and part of the interiors consist of i.active BIODYNAMIC cement panels, obtained using Styl-Comp technology from the new material developed at i.lab, the heart of Italcementi's research and innovation. The "bio" component is given by the product's photocatalytic properties, originating from the active ingredient TX Active, patented by Italcementi. In direct sunlight, the active principle contained in the material "captures" certain pollutants present in the air and converts them into inert salts, helping to purify the atmosphere from smog. The "dynamic" component is a specific characteristic of the new material, whose particular fluidity allows the creation of complex shapes like those found in the Palazzo Italia panels.​
Tree of Life
The hi-tech tree was built in the middle of Lake Arena. Its design was inspired by Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio (designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti). The Tree bears the fruit of Italy's breeding-ground, lifts it up in its foliage and spread it to the whole world as a symbol of dialogue and sharing. The Tree is also an interactive show, made of music, lights, colours and key-words, and is therefore always in transition.​
Other national pavilions have been relocated or dismantled.​
 

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IRCCS Treatment and Research Healthcare center

A new hospital and research institute will be built at former Expo 2015 site, on a 50,000 sqm surface, as part of the "Science, Knoweldge and Innovation Park" project. The 85-meters-tall building is devoted to host in one place the Galeazzi Hospital and the Sant'Ambrogio Clinical Institute.​

The building was designed according to the most modern structural engineering innovations and it is equipped with a solar-thermal and photovoltaic roof. The building is sustainable with low energy consumptions and reduced CO2 emissions thanks to the use of self-cleaning materials which also have the ability to absorb smog and purify the air. The building will be served by public transports and it surrounded by a 20,000 sqm garden. Two car-parkings are planned too.​

The project is financed with a 200 million euros private investment.​

There are 16 planned floors which will develop vertically and will be divided as follows:​
• the ground floor, bright and functional, is dedicated to the reception of patients and university students; in addition, there will be space also for diagnostic imaging activities and emergency department;​
• the first floor will host a 480-seat conference room and services for patients, visitors and staff such as the canteen, the chapel, the pharmacy and the dressing rooms;​
• the second floor will be entirely dedicated to analytical and research laboratories;​
• the third floor will be the heart of outpatient activity, medically assisted procreation and endoscopy;​
• the fourth floor will host the operating theatres for outpatient surgery;​
• the fifth and sixth floors will be dedicated to operating theatres, hemodynamics and intensive care;​
• the seventh floor is defined as a “calm floor” because it will not host the hospital activity, but it will be used in case of evacuation of the upper floors;​
• the eighth floor is dedicated to the offices and the central sterilization;​
• the ninth to fourteenth floors will host the hospitalizations;​
• finally, the last two floors will be dedicated to systems that ensure the proper functioning of the structure such as the thermal and photovoltaic system as well as air treatment plants.​
 
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RUNNER-UP PROJECT - MASTERPLAN

The following masterplan was proposed by a consortium including Italian and foreign operators and designers: Vitali, Condotte, Stam Europe, Progetto CMR - Massimo Roj Architects, HOK Architects, Ambiente Italia, Polytechnic University of Milan, SD Partners, KCity, MIC Mobility in Chain, IBM, Siemens and many others.


Designers developed a sustainable redevelopment project, a new urban epicenter for the city of Milan where research, science, health, innovation, culture, education and well-being are synergistically integrated. In preserving and regenerating the natural and cultural landscape of the Expo 2015 site, the masterplan intends to implement the development of an urban landscape conceived for and with the people that will animate it.


From a morphological point of view, the project maintains the principle of the modular grid and the two main "Roman" axes of the Cardo and the Decumano. The Decumano is transformed into a promenade intended for public transports and pedestrian traffic; and allows people to fully experience the linear central park, that crosses the entire site with an original design that recalls a barcode.


The balance between open and built spaces is modulated with the aim of achieving the sustainable objectives of the triple bottom line: the proposed volumetries guarantee economic sustainability, the variety of functions favors social sustainability and the building types minimize soil consumption and therefore encourage environmental sustainability.


The project is mainly divided into three areas:
* Technology, dedicated to offices, laboratories, and start-ups.
* Research, dedicated to urban agriculture, science and data analysis.
* Innovation, dedicated to finance, fashion and design companies.


The site presents various skyscrapers and highrises that will help Milan to enrich its skyline. The new buildings have been integrated with what was kept of Expo 2015 (Italian Pavilion, Pavilion Zero and the Tree of Life), to which new functions are assigned.


The settlement is characterized by a high level of energy efficiency, ensuring a coverage of about 75% of the total demand for air conditioning, production of domestic hot water and artificial lighting. Also the strategies for mobility are aimed at limiting consumption and polluting emissions, encouraging the use of public and shared transport.

 

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"Sciences for Life" Campus - Statal University of Milan

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Porous communal areas, natural oases, maker spaces and robotically-assembled brick facades feature in Carlo Ratti Associates' schematic design for the University of Milan's new Science Campus.

International design and innovation practice CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati has worked with Australian real estate group Lendlease to develop the schematic design for the University of Milan's new Science Campus, Science for Citizens. The design proposes a rethink of the traditional university court or cloister, with maker spaces and parametric brick facades assembled by robots. The new Campus will be located within MIND (Milan Innovation District), the innovation park under development on the former site of Milan's 2015 World Expo – also based on a general master plan by CRA. In the framework of a public-private partnership scheme, the project sets the basis for a tender dealing with the project financing, which will open in fall 2018.


The design responds to the decision by University of Milan to move its scientific disciplines to a new campus – from the Città Studi area in eastern Milan to MIND. The project puts forward a vision for an open campus that becomes a testing ground for innovative methods for education, while fostering exchanges between the university and the surrounding neighborhood. The Science Campus will host over 18,000 students and almost 2,000 researchers.

The project is based on some fundamental principles, like the courts, the parametric bricks, the idea of a common ground and open university and the harmony between city and nature.


"The modern university campus was developed in Italy around the year 1000. Its principles have kept informing the design of higher education spaces for over a millennium now" says Carlo Ratti, founding partner at CRA and director of the MIT Senseable City Lab. "However, today MOOCs, learning by making, continuous education and so on demand a fundamental rethinking of the architecture of the university – fostering more interactions both inside the community and outside it ("town and gown"). This challenge is what inspired us in developing the design for the new campus for one of the world’s greatest universities" Ratti says.​
 

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Yes, something like that.
There is also the chance to see the site become a sort of "Paris's La Defense" or "London's Canary Wharf", but in Milanese style.
It's a news of yesterday that some companies are interested in building skyscrapers here.
 
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How likely is that this district actually comes into existence in its current proposed form? I'm wondering if the recent economic slowdown and potential protracted recession is likely to stall this at all.
 
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