Milano – Viale Decumano, Expo 2015 square, via Rita Levi Montalcini. Six years after the inauguration of Expo Milano 2015, the site that hosted the Universal Exposition lived another ceremony. On May 1st 2021 the first three ways of Mind (Milan innovation district) the center dedicated to research and innovation that is being created in the areas occupied by the pavilions of the countries around the world which for six months have told the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. The Decumano dell’Expo, visited by visitors, has officially become “Viale Decumano”. The area around the Tree of Life, one of the symbols of the Universal Exposition with the play of lights and water, will be renamed “Expo 2015 square” and the Cardo, the road that crossed the Decumano up to Palazzo Italia where the Italian excellences were housed, was entitled to Rita Levi-Montalcini, Nobel Prize for Medicine and standard-bearer of Italian scientific research in the world. The President of the Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan and Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy Region participated in the naming. Also present were Marco Simoni, president of the Human Technopole Foundation, Giovanni Azzone, president of Arexpo, Igor De Biasio, CEO of Arexpo.
“I watch to these construction sites, to the incredible work of urban regenerationto what has been done, to the important sums that have been invested, to the synergies between public and private sectors and I am convinced that this is the Italy of the future “. President of the Senate, Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, back to a year ago: “In the midst of the Covid emergency I was in Genoa where the reconstruction work on the Morandi bridge. A model that, on that occasion, I had already proposed extending to the business world and the large-scale construction sector to give the country a new impetus and free it from the constraints of excessive and suffocating bureaucracy. Today visiting this new district of innovation and technology that is emerging in the Expo 2015 area, I feel that same positive energy. ”
On the day of the naming of the first streets of Mind – the district dedicated to innovation and research that is taking shape in the areas that hosted the Universal Exposition dedicated to food (for all) and the sustainability of the planet six years ago – the outline of the new Galeazzi hospital, 16 floors to be completed in just over a year, is the first business card of an area that has been able to evolve despite the pandemic. The transformation works of the former exhibition site never stopped even in the year of Covid. So much so that the inauguration of the new laboratories of the Human Technopole, the Italian research institute on life sciences, is scheduled for the summer. A hundred researchers are already at work in what was once Palazzo Italia. The objectives have already been defined for some time: develop frontier research to devise new approaches for personalized and preventive medicine. Once completed, the structure will occupy 55,000 square meters of which 35,000 are interdisciplinary laboratories: a new building (South Building) will be added to the three existing buildings (Palazzo Italia, North Pavilion, South Pavilion) to be completed by 2025. A regime, Human Technopole will employ up to 1,000 scientists.
Within Mind will arrive – again in 2025 – also ghe students of the State University of Milan and teachers: about 20 thousand people. Arexpo, the company that owns the land, has completed the preparation of the area dedicated to the university, ready for the start-up of construction sites. The rest will be done by private individuals, who despite the crisis have confirmed the expressions of interest and the commitments undertaken: there is already a list of companies ready to move. Another deadline concerns the Mind Village: the settlement will be completed by the end of the year.
“Starting again” also returns in the words of the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, who officially opened Expo Milano 2015 here six years ago in the role of extraordinary commissioner and who on Saturday saw up close those streets full of visitors bearing the first names: ” This day has a double meaning for me, it is Labor Day and then it takes me back to the inauguration of Expo six years ago – said Sala -. It seemed impossible to open but we did it because we put a lot of work and dedication and these values will be put back in Mind and in the development of this area. The objectives are the same, we will work on the reputation of Milan, the creation of jobs, sustainability, from here we have to start over “. The governor Lombard, Attilio Fontana, recalled the need to “dedicate more resources for innovation and research. Lombardy is the Region with pride that invests most in this area but it is not enough, more determination and resources are needed and this collaboration between public and private becomes a common experience “.
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