Alternative futures for Milan’s old railway stations

Five possible projects on display.

Five international architecture studios have presented proposals for the regeneration of seven abandoned railway stations in Milan. They are on view to the public until Sunday 9 April.

The studios were tasked with drawing up suggestions for the most advantageous way of recycling the stations, now unused for decades, at Farini, Porta Genova, Porta Romana, Lambrate, Greco, Rogoredo and S. Cristoforo.

The initiative was launched last December in a workshop organised by the city hall, the Lombardy regional council and the tracks and real estate branch of Italian state railways. Since then, thousands of residents and officials from the city boroughs concerned have provided input and suggestions.

Prime requisites for the projects were green areas, council housing and sustainable mobility. Other factors to be considered included spaces for youngsters and sport, for the regeneration of over a million square metres of urban territory.

Although the five proposals all respect these conditions, they have approached the task with very different visions. These range from creating a raised “circle line” of public transport to relieve surface congestion, to the linking of the stations by corridors of urban greenery, to the creation of dedicated “micro-cities” for the input requisites or to the central role of water for regeneration of the city.

Before the projects are adjudicated by the three stakeholders, milanesi will have an opportunity to see for themselves and comment on the five studios’ proposed solutions. The exhibition is open at Fondo Corsa, near the Biki boardwalk at Porta Genova, every day this week from 19.00.

In addition, Thursday 6 April at 19.00 will see a public discussion of the projects by the five studios, each of which will host a public presentation of their own project on the other five days from Tuesday to Sunday.