Reinventing Cities Milan, the new IED Campus and homes for 1,200 families at the former slaughterhouse

A new lively district, young and teeming with activity thanks to the new international campus of the IED (European Institute of Design), a scientific museum district dedicated to the dissemination of technologies and a system of spaces open to the whole city, with affordable homes (under 2,500 euros per square meter) for 1200 families and hundreds of students. This is the future of the former slaughterhouse area according to ARIA, the winning project of the second edition of Reinventing Cities, the international tender launched by the Municipality together with C40 which provides for the alienation or establishment of the surface right of sites to be used for sustainable urban regeneration projects.
The project was presented by Redo Sgr with Deltaecopolis, CCL, IED Istituto Europeo di Design, CA Ventures and E.On, designed by Snøhetta Oslo, Barreca & La Varra, Stantec, CZA Cino Zucchi Architetti for the IED campus, Chapman Taylor , Mpartner, Social Housing Foundation, Politecnico di Milano Foundation, prof. Marco Filippi, Deloitte, Planet Smart Cities, MIC Mobility-in-Chain, PNAT, GaiaGo, LifeGate, Cresme Ricerche, LAMA development & cooperation, Don Gino Rigoldi Foundation, Amici di Edoardo, ènostra, Edoardo Tresoldi, The Fab Lab, Festival della Science, Eatour, Electreon, Urban Cultural Sea, Urban Fields.
“The recovery project of the former slaughterhouse – declares the Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala – demonstrates how Milan can regenerate itself starting from its history, with projects capable of combining past and future, architectural quality and sustainability. From an abandoned market, a cultural center of excellence will be born, with quality construction at affordable prices, greenery and services. Reinventing Cities was born together with C40 precisely with this objective: to mend pieces of the city in an innovative perspective, in compliance with very high environmental standards, bringing widespread benefits to the territory thanks to a close synergy between public and private. Sustainability, international projection and inclusiveness: this is the way to continue to make Milan grow and make it walk together with the great cities of the world ”.
“This project – declares the city planning councilor Pierfrancesco Maran – it recovers valuable buildings that have been unused for a long time, returning them to the city, creating a new neighborhood with accessible homes for all and allowing the expansion of an internationally important reality such as the IED. There are more and more cultural institutions that bet on less central areas of the city, from the Brera Academy that will open in Farini to the Conservatory in Rogoredo, from Scala to Rubattino to Politecnico alla Bovisa. It is a clear sign of how many neighborhoods, through the care of public space, are developing a new attractiveness, which will be further strengthened with the establishment of places linked to culture ”.
“The transformation of the former slaughterhouse is a flagship project for the green and thriving urban future that we want – says Hélène Chartier, Head of Zero carbon development for C40 -. Reinventing Cities has been a great success in Milan as well as in Oslo, Reykjavik, Paris, Madrid, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Montreal, Singapore, Auckland and more. I would like to thank all the participants in the call and congratulate the Municipality of Milan. When we started Reinventing Cities four years ago, Milan was the first city to come on board and since then it has been a great partner of C40 to shape and co-develop the initiative ”.

The site of the former slaughterhouse extends for 15 hectares and is made up of two areas, currently separated by via Cesare Lombroso, formerly part of the citadel of the general markets. The ARIA masterplan envisages not only the recovery and re-functionalization of the existing historic buildings, which will retain the current architectural elements and will have a predominant cultural vocation, but also the maintenance of four other unconstrained buildings. The recovery of the buildings, going beyond the requests of the Superintendency, will be functional both to the creation of a place based on recovery, and to the overall strategy of sustainability: thanks to the reuse of over 30,000 m2 of built surface, the production of over 4,500 m3 of reinforced concrete equal to over 2 thousand tons of CO2 emitted.
It will be built in the two large twin pavilions further north the new headquarters of the IED. The European Institute of Design, which operates internationally in the field of training and research in the disciplines of Design, Fashion, Visual Arts and Communication, has in fact chosen to unify its offices currently scattered throughout the city within the perimeter of the ex Macello, increasing its spaces with the aim of expanding the training offer and making it increasingly competitive worldwide. In addition to the two historic pavilions, the IED Campus will also include a newly constructed building on the northern edge.
Near the central pavilion, the so-called “Gallery”, the POD (Point of Disclosure) Science & Art District will be born, a district for scientific production and dissemination conceived with the aim of increasing the scientific capital and strengthening STEM, which will host exhibitions, events, workshops open to the city. At the POD Fab-Lab, which will be built in two existing neighboring buildings, courses will be organized for citizens to learn the operation and use of new digital technologies and software, but also to repair small appliances or educate to responsible consumption. . Other spaces will be occupied by the cultural activities of Mare Culturale Urbano and the Bottega delle Arti e dei Mestieri, aimed at the work placement of young people who have interrupted their studies and who do not yet have a job.
The part residential will develop mainly in the south and will host about 1200 families with a mix of Social Housing (about 60 thousand square meters, of which 60% rented at an agreed rate and 40% in subsidized sale, with rental values ​​between 60 € / m2 and 115 € / m2 – equivalent to a monthly rent of 500 euros for a three-room apartment from 75sqm – and at sales values ​​equal to € 2250 / m2), a student residence with 600 beds and a small amount of free housing (about 7 thousand square meters). Proximity services will be established in the neighborhood such as a medical center, the neighborhood concierge, a nursery school (which will be built in one of the 4 existing unconstrained buildings that will be preserved), a playroom, coworking spaces, offices and commercial activities, with particular attention to the activation of the ground floors to make the neighborhood alive throughout the day. The new buildings will be located mainly along the edge of the area and will have characteristics of high sustainability: green roofs, wooden and eco-cement buildings, use of photovoltaic systems and LEED Gold level certifications.
In the spaces of the former slaughterhouse and avicunicolo enclosures, approximately 45 thousand square meters of public spaces will be developed, with a system of squares, including a main one straddling via Lombroso joining the two areas, which will delimit the park of about 30 thousand square meters. and will act as mediation with the city. About 2 thousand new trees will also be planted and a series of outdoor activities will be found: social gardens, playgrounds, areas equipped for sports, areas dedicated to music, cinema and open-air theater.

Aria expects to host a total of about 15 thousand daily presences between new residents (about 3 thousand) and city users, and about 30 thousand induced jobs.
From the point of view of traffic, the masterplan imagines the redevelopment as a tree-lined boulevard in via Lombroso and envisages, in line with the provisions of the PGT, the creation of a connection between via Vismara and via Azzurri D’Italia. ARIA aims to become an integral part of the surrounding neighborhood, by re-sewing the cycle / pedestrian network and maximizing the potential for accessibility to the Porta Vittoria railway link stop and to the public transport stops along viale Molise. The project provides for the safety of the cycle network along via Lombroso and the extension of the network present on the north-south axis of viale Molise along the entire front of the development to reach all the pedestrian axes that lead to the inside of the site. In the new district, spaces dedicated to urban sharing systems, electric recharging points and an on-demand electric neighborhood car sharing service will also be created.
ARIA aims to be the first Carbon Negative Area of ​​the Municipality of Milan. With a view to shared sustainability, the project envisages community involvement through an enabling digital infrastructure that can allow the inhabitants and conductors of commercial activities in the neighborhood to adopt intelligent behaviors and develop the capacity for resilience and responsiveness. In ARIA, future residents will be able to compare their consumption and have a clear view of the behavior that the individual user has on energy use, as well as understanding which actions may affect the amount of energy and water consumed and will be able to compare their performance. energy compared to the neighborhood average.
The project presented by Redo SGR envisages a first phase of temporary uses, in order to return the area to the city immediately, with the aim of making it safe, healthy and connected. For this reason, in the phase identified as “meanwhile”, the proposed “tactical” use of all the open and covered spaces already suitable for carrying out temporary activities of a cultural and informative nature, waiting to start the construction phase that will lead ARIA to its final structure.
The regeneration of the former slaughterhouse is part of the south-eastern quadrant of the city, the heart of substantial urban regeneration interventions. As part of the Porta Vittoria project, the public park is being built in continuity with the Formentano Park. In the Porta Romana airport, in dialogue with the regeneration planned on Piazza Trento as part of the project for the new A2A headquarters, a new sustainable district will be born which in 2026 will also host the Olympic Village. In Corvetto, piazza San Luigi and piazza Ferrara have recently been redeveloped and the final refurbishment works are in progress in piazza Angilberto II; while around via Sile, where several directions of the Municipality of Milan have recently found a home, redevelopment interventions are planned for the streets and public space. Moving further south, the Cassinis park has been recovered in Rogoredo thanks to the extraordinary work of Italia Nostra, while in Santa Giulia the variant that will allow the district to be completed and the arena for the 2026 Olympics has been approved.

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