This week, 3 news items on the upcoming future of Milano and its metro community.
The MIT researcher Carlo Ratti, originally from Milan, together with other distinguished colleagues has addressed the pros and cons of the 15-minute city launched by Paris mayor Hidalgo and embrace by mayor Sala for the Municipality of Milan, in a recent article published in Nature, the world-class scientific journal.
They reason that the metropolis will survive the pandemic, and although major cities will disperse their various functions in all the city neighborhoods, certain districts will retain the entertainment, food and culture functions that only large urban areas can provide.
The universal visitation law of mobility therefore predicts that while most of the movement of residents occurs in the proximity of their respective neighborhoods and workplaces, a proportion of city travel will always be oriented to reaching crucial shopping and entertainment destinations, the very things that make a metropolis attractive to live in.
The Salone del Mobile, the word's most important trade fair for furniture and interior design, will hold a special edition on September 5-10 in the pavilions of Rho-Fieramilano.
The archistar and Triennale president Stefano Boeri will be in charge of the design of the whole show, rechristened Supersalone, which will be inaugurated by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.
Project collaborators Andrea Caputo, Maria Cristina Didero, Anniina Koivu, Lukas Wegwerth, and Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual of Studio Folder will contribute their skills of designers, curators, exhibition designers, graphic designers to the Supersalone.
The proposed format is that of a large design library that will celebrate the renewed attention for contemporary living spaces with a scenography that celebrates the novelties and historical creations of the Italian furniture and design industy. The products in display can be purchased at the end of a rich and engaging customer journey.
Milano has reopened all its restaurants and museums, and business and leisure tourists are returning to the city that breathes design, also in the alternative event Fuorisalone, traditionally held in the Tortona-Savona area in conjunction with the Salone.
Furthermore the city has recently opened the ADI Compasso d'Oro Museum, which features the best creations of Italian and international design since the 1950s.
Located near Chinatown and Monumentale. it is major addition to the city's cultural offer.
To honor the the 30th anniversary of Italy ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, last week the Muncipality unveiled a special park area devoted to kids under the age of 12 in front of the Central Station (Piazza Luigi Savoia).
The gated kid playground will be open to children every day between 8 am and 8 pm.
The space is only accessible to minors and accompanying adults.
“We are very proud of a project that changes the face of the square by focusing on the right to play for all children and helping to regenerate the neighbourhood around the Central Station,” stated the city planning councillor Pierfrancesco Maran, referring to the new park.