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Via delle Orsole Complex: winner of the competition unveiled
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The winner of the design competition for the redevelopment of a building complex in Via delle Orsole has been unveiled. A group of architects --from Transit Architecture Studio, WiP Architecture Technical Engineering, United Consulting, MSC Associati-- won the contest.

The team has chosen to demolish the existing building, with the exception of the small building leaning against the Church of Santa Maria alla Porta. The new building aims to "reiterate the forgotten ancient values" in a contemporary key and making use of the buildings' colors present in the neighborhood. "In an era of globalization and interventions that are indifferent to the context, we have chosen to be Milanese. We wanted our project to talk as much as possible with the surrounding. Our references are therefore Terragni, Ponti, Mangiarotti, BBPR" the designers explained.


The rhythm of the main façade is punctuated by a regular structure that recalls the Milanese architecture of the second half of the 20th century. The building will host retail, offices and residential.​
 

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Milan's urban transport system ranks among world's most efficients, according to McKinsey&Co. report


Cities matter. They are the engine of the global economy and are already home to more than half the world's population. So many factors affect the experience of people living in them. Mobility is just one such factor, but it's one of the more critical components of urban health.

The McKinsey & Company report seeks to identify the most important aspects of mobility that make transit systems work, or not, and to compare them across 24 global cities as a means of helping leaders learn what they need to know to improve the health of their cities. The methodology behind this research is unique in its approach, in that it analyzes 95 different indicators, surveys residents, and taps into the expertise of dozens of experts to present an authoritative picture of urban mobility.


TOP TEN CITIES | OVERARCHING URBAN MOBILITY RANKING:
01. Singapore (64.1%)
02. Paris (62.1%)
03. Hong Kong (60.0%)
04. London (58.0%)
05. Madrid (57.2%)
06. Moscow (56.1%)
07. Chicago (55.6%)
08. Seoul (54.7%)
09. New York (54.6%)
10. Milan (54.1%)



Milan is currently among the most motorized European cities, welcoming around 850,000 commuters daily, which is a significant amount, considering the relatively small city population. These are great challenges for the transportation system. However, the city addressing the challenge, aiming to rebalance its transportation network toward more sustainable transport modes, and has already achieved significant progress there.

Objective achievements
Milan succeeds at coping with its relatively high motorization rate and ensures efficient private transport. Additionally, the city has best-in-class shared schemes and is highly convenient for transfers.


* Despite the high motorization level, the city manages to have efficient private transportation, however, at an expense of its affordability. In 2012 Milan introduced "Area C" a congestion charge applied in the city center. The scheme lowered traffic by 33%, which is approximately 40,000 cars daily, in the first month. The long-term effect was also significant, and led to lowering the number of cars by approximately 28%. The scheme also bans the entrance of vehicles that do not meet required emission standards.
* One of the greatest features of Milan's transport system is the shared transports—since shared mobility is one of the pillars of Milan's sustainability plan, it has developed significantly over recent years. The city currently offers approximately 3,000 shared cars, of which almost 30% are electric, about 4,650 dock-sharing bikes, of which 1,000 are electric, around 12,000 dockless shared bicycles, and even 100 fully electric scooters. Enhancement of shared transport has already shown results: about 12% of respondents have already decided to give up a private car and about 8% are likely to do so in the future.​

Residents' perceptions
Residents are satisfied with both the current state and the changes in rail infrastructure, efficiency, shared transport, and environmental impact, while being more skeptical about other aspects.


* Milan residents appreciate the availability of rapid rail service. Its network ensures coverage of 75% of jobs and 54% of the population and includes 4 metro lines (M1, M2, M3, M5) and 12 lines of suburban rail, which together serve more than 1 million passengers daily.
* Sustainability is also an aspect in which people favor the recent changes, implemented under the city's Plan of Sustainable Mobility. Its cornerstones are popularization of shared transport and enhancement of pedestrian and cycling infrastructures—the city has added more than 70 kilometers of cycling lanes since 2011 and plans to add 250 more by 2024.
* Residents' major concern both in terms of the current state and the changes is about convenience and especially ticketing, which is in fact comparatively well developed.​

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Milan is currently expanding its metro rail network with the Blue Line (M4), which is planned to open in 2022. The line would be 15 kilometers long with 21 stations, and all the trains would be automatic. This would provide more frequent service and increase capacity up to 24,000-28,000 passengers per hour.
 

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To me the analysis underestimates the importance of concidering the full metropolitan/urban area...

They seem to only count the city population for Milan (according to administrative zoning or agglomeration?) which is 3.2M ppl while it's metropolitan area is rather 7M ppl.... Over 2x the ratio

The same goes for the so called Greater Paris where only 6.5 million ppl are counted while it's metropolitan area is closer to 12M ppl... Almost 2x the ratio


This kind of approach clearly disadvantages cities like Moscow, where the communal population is 12M ppl while the urban area counts 17M ppl... 1.46x the ratio.

This is quite a misleading study. They say Milan 4 métro lines and 7 suburban train lines transports more than 1 million ppl daily but I live in a 2.3 million ppl metropolitan area and it's 34km only metro system serves 700.000 passengers daily.

And for comparison, a city like Barcelona (6M ppl in its metropolitan area) has a more extensive network than Milan... But is totally ignored by this study...

To me this study clearly fail to tackle the challenges some cities will have to overcome in the current century. They need to extend their field of analysis.
 

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Updates from Porta Nuova / Centro Direzionale

Edge Milano (refurbishment old building)
developer > Antirion
see project > link

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Porta Nuova Centro Apartment Building
design > Arassociati, Studio AG&P Milano
see project > link



Pic by Andrea Massetti

Winter Gardens
design > Caputo Partnership International | developer > China Investment Bank
see project/official thread > link


Bonnet Tower (refurbishment old building)
design > PLP Architecture | developer > Coima
see project/official thread > link


Pics by Andrea Pace

Torre Galfa (restyling)
design > Maurice Kanha and BG&K Associated Studio | developer > Unipol
see project/official thread > link



Gioia 22
design > Gregg E. Jones + Caputo International Partnership | developer > Coima
see project/official thread > link




UnipolSai Tower
design > Mario Cucinella Architects | developer > Unipol
see project/official thread > link

CMB has won the tender for the construction of the new UnipolSai Tower for a value of 110 million euros. The tower will be U/C in mid-September, construction work will take less than three years.


Pic by Riccardo Mastrapasqua

 

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Richard Ginori Complex turns into WPP Campus Milan
design | BDG, BMS
height | 70m x 4
client | WPP plc - Wire and Plastic Products
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WPP is the world leader in communications services. A global powerhouse of creative talent, we help clients understand and reach audiences, build brands, sell products and services, grow their businesses and prepare for the future.

In Milan, a group of leading creative agencies aim to redevelop a collection of low-rise and neglected industrial buildings with a canal facing frontage of over 200 metres establishing a new centre of excellence for the future.


The WPP Campus Milan, spanning over a 30,000 sqm site, will host 65 international companies working the the fields of advertising, marketing and new media.


The UK-based architecture studio BDG, which has curated various WPP campus around the world -such as those of New York City, Shanghai and London- has redesigned the area. Italian architecture firm BMS has collaborated too.



 

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C40 Reinventing Cities: Milan unveils short-list of the international competition


A global competition for innovative carbon-free and resilient urban projects
Initiated by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and made possible thanks to the support of Climate KIC and ofo, Reinventing Cities is an unprecedented global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. 16 cities have identified together 45 underutilized spaces to redevelop, including several empty plots of various sizes and abandoned buildings, historical mansions, underused markets, a former airport site, car parks to transform, and an abandoned incinerator and landfill.

Through this competition, C40 and the participating cities invite architects, developers, environmentalists, neighbourhood groups, innovators and artists to build creative teams and to compete for the opportunity to transform these sites into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency. They will also have to demonstrate how innovative climate solutions can be achieved in combination with noteworthy architecture and local community benefits.

see more: c40.org, c40reinventingcities.org


5 Sites to be refurbished/developed in Milan -- Here's the shortlist
The finalist teams, which comprise architects, designers and real estate developers, are invited to participate to the second phase of contest which will start in September. By January 2019, the finalist teams have to elaborate their final project proposal, including the economic offer. At the beginning of next year, the City administration will then identify the winning project for each of the five sites.

In the graph: sites description and projects, still unknown to the public, that have advanced in the second phase.

What's up Milan?
In this interview with Italian architect and engineer Carlo Ratti, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he directs the Senseable City Lab, learn about why major Italian cities such as Milan became important sites for the exchange of creative ideas.

 

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Agroscalo 2020: the temporary project for Porta Genova


Agroscalo 2020: a model of urban regeneration, circular economy and sustainability. Agroscalo 2020 is a temporary and experimental multifunctional project: the productive agricultural field will arise in Porta Genova's rail yard.


"The project - explain the architects Andrea Caputo and Salvatore Porcaro - is based on a circular economy model that wants to overcome the city-countryside contrast , promoting a sustainable lifestyle. In fact, it is planned the establishment of agricultural activities: from the cultivation to the transformation of over 150 species of herbs, shoots, flowers and vegetables, up to the sale. The project includes connecting paths, pavilions, a panoramic greenhouse, areas equipped for fitness and playground. The spaces will be able to host fairs, weekly market, educational workshops and public meetings".




The City Councilor for Urbanism, Pierfrancesco Maran, stressed that "Agroscalo 2020 has all the characteristics to return to be in the short term, an area to public use, reconnecting the Navigli and Tortona area through the creation of a multifunctional place for adults and children".


The Councilor also said that the city administration is working on an international call to draft the masterplans of the large seven disused rail yards present in the city. In particular, the largest site is that of Farini (over 60 hectares, located next to Porta Nuova): further details should be unveiled in September.
 

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Preview: Carlo Ratti unveils first details of the University of Milan's new Science Campus


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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Starbucks' third Reserve Roastery opens in Milan: it's the first Italian store and the largest in Europe.
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Final preparations are brewing for the official opening of Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan. The Grand Opening Party will take place on Thursday and will see the participation of artists for a show to be held in the public square in front of the store. The opening in Italy is a milestone for former CEO Howard Schultz because it was in Milan where he was first inspired to turn Starbucks into what it is today.


Located at the historic Palazzo Delle Poste building on Piazza Cordusio, this 2,500 sqm retail space will host the Milan Reserve Roastery: Starbucks first outlet in Italy as well as the first Roastery to open in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and the third globally. Starbucks has invested 30 million USD for this Milanese roastery and café. It will employee nearly 300 workers, including baristas, bakers, mixologists and coffee roasters.




Starbucks will collaborate with Italian artisan bakery Princi to serve a variety of exclusive products to its clients. Starbucks, in partnership with Italian real estate developer Percassi, has announced it would be ready to open 300 stores across the country in just six years.​
 

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Updates Starbucks Reserve Roastery Milano

Starbucks dream come true. The U.S. multinational is taking on a mainstay of Italian culture: a thick thimbleful of powerful black liquid served at the bar in cafés throughout the country, 6 billion times a year, according to Italian catering federation FIPE. The company hopes that "the most beautiful Starbucks in the world" will entice customers in for a new coffee experience.

Outspoken former CEO Howard Schultz -- who quit the chain in June amid talk that he could run for the White House in 2020 -- has repeatedly said that the company would come to Italy with "humility". "During my first trip to Milan in 1983, I was captivated by the sense of community I found in the city's espresso bars – the moments of human connection that passed so freely and genuinely between baristas and their customers".


The building at night and a few pics of the interiors

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Artistry and craftsmanship behind the marble sculptures found throughout the Milano Roastery: from sourcing at the quary to the finishing touches no detail is overlooked.

The story behind one of the most distinctive elements of this store: the curved brass wall that visualizes the history of Starbucks, the geography of the company and cultivation of coffee.

The inspiration behind the timeless clackerboards found at global Reserve Roasteries.
The same process that was created to revolutionalize how railway stations and airports around world display information is now meticulously recreated in the name of coffee.

See how the woodwork inside the Milano Roastery was carved, shaped and finished to fit the aestheic vision for the space including intricate details such as the stunning main bar.

Watch how the marble for the bars in the Milano Roastery was selected, shaped and designed to create some of the most distinctive elements of the space. Learn about the unique challenges that come with marble craftsmanship.

Watch the process for creating the Palladian floors in the Milano Roastery. The handcut stones are based in Italian tradition using a pavement style called Venetian Terrace from the 16th century.

Discover how the intricate ceilings of the Roastery were designed and crafted by Italian design company Atena. Featuring uncommon shapes and engineering it is an entirely different way to create a ceiling.

See more about this store -- https://www.starbucksreserve.com/en-us/locations/milano/highlights
 

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Cinema Zara: fashion brand reopens its pop-up store in central Milan and it's "techno-marvelous".
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Fashion group Inditex will try to capture world's customers by reopening the global Zara flagship on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, four-storey store in central Milan. The 1941 building, which was a cinema until the retailer took it over in 1999, is "a model for the online and in-store integration concept". Customers, indeed, can visit a special online section and collect their purchases at the shop.


Thanks to the renovation work that has lasted four months, the 3,500-square-meter store will also have a new online section, that allows clients to buy and collect orders made online. A technological solution that shortens the waiting time, since the products do not have to leave any logistics center. On the other hand, it offers the possibility to access a selection of the latest proposals of the brand and acquire them from the web page.



This store has also incorporated interactive mirrors equipped with RFID, capable of identifying the outfits that customers want, as well as their possible combination with other garments and accessories selected by the team of stylists. It's a store that turns shopping into an interactive experience.


From an architectural point of view, the renovation recovers the essence of the original 1941 building and incorporates the latest customer-oriented technologies. Care for the details also goes through a correct choice of materials. The walls have the same ocher-colored stuccos that communicate perfectly with the colors of the Italian marble floors present in the store: the Breccia Aurora and the Rosso Verona. The entrance room also presents mosaics and the wonderful central chandelier, made of Murano glass.

 

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Milan becomes the European capital city of the NBA.
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The NBA and EPI s.r.l. have announced today the opening of the NBA Official Store in Europe, inside the Galleria Passarella, a few steps away from Piazza San Babila, in central Milan. The NBA would like to inaugurate the flagship store in December 2018.

The NBA will offer tourists and citizens from all over Europe a great shopping experience, with a wide range of merchandising and exclusive products.

"The opening of this store in Europe underlines NBA's ongoing commitment to reach our global fan base" said Vandana Balachandar, responsable for the NBA. "Given the increasing interest in Italy for the NBA official products, our partnership with EPI, leader in Italy and Europe in the integrated management of sports merchandising stores, will allow us to offer fans a wide range of official merchandising and will help them to celebrate their passion for the NBA".

Currently, the NBA operates in its Official Stores of New York City and Doha.​
 

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Farini, San Cristoforo: Milan launches international competition to design urban regeneration masterplans.

FS Sistemi Urbani and Coima Sgr have presented the international competition for the drafting of the urban regeneration masterplans of two out seven dismitted railway yards present in the city. (see more)

Multidisciplinary teams -composed by architects, engineers and other professionals- will have the chance to design two new areas of the city, in a two-stage competition, according to the conditions of the Program Agreement signed in 2017 between the City of Milan, Lombardia Region, Ferrovie dello Stato (Italy's state-owned holding company that manages infrastructure and services on the Italian rail network) and Coima Sgr (Italian real estate trust fund).




The two sites object of this international contest are:

FARINI -- 618,733 sqm / 6,659,986 sqft
The site is located in the city center, close to Porta Nuova/Garibaldi district and Milano Garibaldi Rail Station. Farini would host new public park (307,808 sqm / 3,313,218 sqft) and pedestrian areas, with a mix of functions (residential, office, retail, culture, entertainment) -- skyscrapers/high-rises/low-rises.


SAN CRISTOFORO -- 158,256 sqm / 1,703,453 sqft
The site is expected to become a naturalistic oasis.


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PHASE ONE
* Deadline for the request for clarifications: October 31, 2018
* Deadline for publication of the clarifications: November 9, 2018
* Delivery by applicants of the application for participation and the documentation: November 23, 2018
* Publication of the composition of the Selection Committee: November 26, 2018
* Publication of phase one results, with the selection of the Groups admitted to phase two: December 21, 2018

PHASE TWO
* Inspection of the Groups: January 8, 2019
* Deadline for the request for clarifications: January 18, 2019
* Deadline for publication of the clarifications: January 30, 2019
* Delivery by applicants of the documentation: March 29, 2019
* Awarding: April 10, 2019

See more: "International competition for the preparation of a masterplan for the regeneration of the Farini and San Cristoforo railway yards in Milan". COMPETITION BRIEF AND GUIDELINES " http://www.scalimilano.vision/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Tender_guidelines_english.pdf
 

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Updates "Library of Trees" Public Park
design > Inside Outside Studio
surface > 9.5 hectares
investment > €14 million
developer > Coima, Municipality of Milan
see project > link | previous updates > 1-2-3-4

The park acts as urban connector, cultural campus and botanical garden. Paths are drawn from different areas (residential, commercial, governmental) around the site, creating a grid of connections that overlap and cross with one another. These paths, together with the irregular fields that are created in-between, can overcome height differences and underlying traffic tunnels, create sound-walls and bridge streets.

The planting design for the fields is composed of a series of carefully selected species. Each plot offers a different type of growth and program. Circular forests are scattered over the site and will grow into roofs of foliage of different color and structure that fl oat above the park. A series of cultural, educational, social and commercial buildings are placed in the park and along its edges, their program triggering interest and income for the area and thus securing a high-level maintenance program for the park.


The Park will finally be inaugurated on October 27th, 2018. Photos have been shot from street level and the 24th floor of the UniCredit Tower. :)

























 

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Updates Il Curvo/The Curved One/Pwc Tower (CityLife area)
design > Daniel Libeskind
height > 176 m
developer > Generali
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