“City of the Future” for Milan Expo grounds

Milan to host human technopole, university faculties.

Work has started on the development of the former grounds of Expo Milano 2015, and over the next 10 years the area will become a city of the future, reports financial daily Il Sole-24 Ore.

The outline of the grounds’ new format was already decided shortly after the gates to Expo closed, when the then Prime minister Matteo Renzi promised government financing of €150 million per year over a ten-year period.

Now the Australian group Lend Lease and the Carlo Ratti architects studio, winners of the contract for the development, have presented plans for a “new conception” of use of the site over the next 99 years.  The plan provides an interesting mix of public and private use.

The north end of the grounds will house the scientific faculties of Milan University, and sports facilities for those who work and study there.  Heading south towards the city centre, the human technopole will grow up around the former Italy pavilion of Expo – now called Palazzo Italia – where work is already under way. The first research groups are expected to move in over the next few weeks.

Close to this, the Galeazzo Hospital will take over its new buildings, to be ready in three years’ time, and there will be space for other companies, in particular in the pharmaceutical sector.

The site will include council housing and a vast green area, 1.5 km long, with 3,000 new trees, artificial lakes and cycling tracks.  And workers and visitors will leave their cars at the gate – only driverless electric vehicles will be allowed within the grounds.