Milan, lights and shadows on the redevelopment of the Giambellino-Lorenteggio district

Milan, lights and shadows on the redevelopment of the Giambellino-Lorenteggio district
Milan, lights and shadows on the redevelopment of the Giambellino-Lorenteggio district

The future of the former airport
The former railway yard of San Cristoforo is also awaiting redevelopment, an area of ​​140 thousand square meters that should be transformed into a linear water park: it will be used to mitigate the heat islands generated by fine dust and to filter the waters of the canals that arrive in the Darsena. The area, which is an urbanization charge for the Farini airport, is 100% green, but it is too far from the Giambellino to be considered an urban park and devoid of a specific vocation. For Mario Abis, sociologist and coordinator of the regeneration process of the former airports, “San Cristoforo risks being underestimated. The point is to find a connection between the stations in terms of integrated functional vocations. At the moment, in fact, the attention of the administration and investors is focused on Scalo Farini and Scalo Romana, thanks to the 2026 Olympics “. The bet for San Cristoforo? “Integrate it with the reopening of the Navigli system in a perspective of ecology and sustainability, given the power of water, combined with greenery, in breaking down smog”. If the debate on the aim of a “sanitation” of the urban environment, on the other hand the project to reopen the canals would have the merit of retracing history, overlapping the vision of Leonardo da Vinci. “It could be an opportunity to enhance Milan with mixed green and water infrastructures, giving the former port the vocation of a” second dock “and a pole of attraction for the district and the southwest of the city”.

The former railway yard of San Cristoforo is also awaiting redevelopment, an area of ​​140 thousand square meters that should be transformed into a linear water park: it will be used to mitigate the heat islands generated by fine dust and to filter the waters of the canals that arrive in the Darsena. The area, which is an urbanization charge for the Farini airport, is 100% green, but it is too far from the Giambellino to be considered an urban park and devoid of a specific vocation. For Mario Abis, sociologist and coordinator of the regeneration process of the former airports, “San Cristoforo risks being underestimated. The point is to find a connection between the stations in terms of integrated functional vocations. At the moment, in fact, the attention of the administration and investors is focused on Scalo Farini and Scalo Romana, thanks to the 2026 Olympics “. The bet for San Cristoforo? “Integrate it with the reopening of the Navigli system in a perspective of ecology and sustainability, given the power of water, combined with greenery, in breaking down smog”. If the debate on the post-Covid development of cities aims at a “sanitation” of the urban environment, on the other hand the project to reopen the canals would have the merit of retracing history, overlapping the vision of Leonardo da Vinci. “It could be an opportunity to enhance Milan with mixed green and water infrastructures, giving the former port the vocation of a” second dock “and a pole of attraction for the district and the southwest of the city”.

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