Monday 15 January
15.00 - 17.00 - Hall Rogers

Opening Seminar 
Welcome and Presentation

Ilaria Valente 
Dean, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction 

MIAW Theme Introduction
Carolina Pacchi Professor of Urban Planning, Polimi
Filippo Orsini, Gennaro Postiglione, Alessandro Rocca 
MIAW scientific committee

Keynote Lecture
Albena Yaneva University of Manchester, UK
Five Ways to Make Architecture Political

17.00 – 19.00 (WS rooms)
Brief on WS organization

Tuesday 16 January
9.15 - 17.15 Workshop and area survey
17.30 - 18.10 Speed Talk 2x20’- Room III.B
with Paulo David Abreu / Geir Brendeland chairman Gennaro Postiglione

Wednesday 17 January
9.15 - 13.00 Workshop
13.30 - 14.10 Speed Talk 2x20’Room III.B
with Sebastian Adamo / Bostjan Vuga chairman Alessandro Rocca
14.30 - 19.15 Workshop

Thursday 18 January
9.15 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 19.15 Workshop
13.30 - 14.10 - Room III.B
Lecture by Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright(Baracco+Wright Architects)
Robin Boyd: Spatial Continuity
Introduction by Gennaro Postiglione

Friday 19 January
9.15 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 19.15 Workshop
13.30 - 13.50 Speed Talk 1x20’ - Room III.B
with Luis Basabe Montalvo, chairman Bertrando Bonfantini

Monday 22 January
9.15 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 19.15 Workshop
13.30 - 14.10 Speed Talk 2x20’ - Hall Rogers
with Neven Fuchs / Georg Reinberg chairman Marco Bovati

Tuesday 23 January 
9.15 - 19.15 Workshop
Wednesday 24 January 
9.15 -19.15 Workshop 
16.15 - 18.15 Project preview
Simona Collarini ( Head of Urban Planning, Comune di Milano)
Corinna Morandi (vice-President, Milanese Architects' Association)
Anna Prat (Comune di Milano, Piano periferie)
Demetrio Scopelliti (Advisor for Urban Planning, Comune di Milano)

Thursday 25 January 
Closing Seminar & Finissage 
9.15 - 15.30 Exhibition Setup, Building 11, 1st floor
16.00-18.00 Talks and Drinks
Ilaria Valente 
Dean, School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction
Gabriele Pasqui
Head of Department of Architecture and Urban Studies
Filippo Orsini, Gennaro Postiglione, Alessandro Rocca 
Miaw Scientific Committee

MIAW 2018 Program Booklet PDF


LIVING PERIPHERY Architecture as Public Space    


Since 2014, every Miaw edition focused on a specific area, theme or question related with the architectural and urban transformation of Milan, so that the outcoming projects were a relevant contribution for a vision of the future city.
In this edition 2018, Miaw studios will concentrate around some strategic urban areas, as part of the regeneration program of the peripheries, both in the sphere of academic research (Ri-formare Milano – Periferie), and political programming at the local, national (Piano delle Periferie), and international (C-40 Reinventing Cities) levels.
The general theme of this edition is “architecture in periphery”, and the question is “how can architecture improve public space and relations in places that suffer a lack of sociality, urbanity and formal order”.
The role of public space − that belongs to and defines community life at a both real and symbolic level − has clearly taken center stage in the debate on the critical issues of the contemporary city, and will be central to the workshop program.
The issues now affecting the development of urban space demonstrate the obsolescence of the traditional techniques and instruments of urban planning and design: the management of environments that are both physically and socially degraded is calling now for new solutions.

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Bovisa Porosa models

Study process

1:250 site model

Bovisa Porosa’ students Dang Ngoc Anh, Laura Llorens and Soheil Tajik developed site model in 1:250 scale.
Other six groups worked on section models of Bovisa station in 1:100 scale.

E1 by Arturas Calyj, Jinxuan Wang and Fuat Uguz

E2 by Yi Pei, Mohammed Ramadan and Fabio Tamburini

R1 by Esteban Serrano Castello’, Mouna Ghedamsi and Dhaarini Rajkumar

R2 by Alexandre Marguerie, Amir Sheykhan and Vigan Zeka

W1 by Ekaterina Korshunova, Mimmi Mannila and Matteo Serra

W2 by Gamze Akyol, Niloufar Ghorbani and Lutuo Wang

Bovisa Porosa vernissage

Official opening of the MIAW Final Exhibition on December 25th.

Professor Bostjan Vuga is giving his presentation speech.

Professor Bostjan Vuga and Head of MSc in Architecture Gennaro Postiglione.

Bovisa Porosa team

Filippo Orsini, MIAW Scientific Committee



The Bovisa station presents a large barrier in connectivity between two parts of Bovisa. It was built in the 1990ies as an enclosed shed above the tracks, with a difficult access, blind walls towards the surroundings and too large waiting area. With a wrongly positioned above the rail station entrance platform, which is connected with tiny stairs and ramps down to large parking areas adjacent to it, the station area embodies a heavy physical obstacle.
Can this barrier and obstacle become a catalyst for transformation of the Bovisa district?
The studio identifies and concentrates interventions to the most crucial point in the area: the station and the parking areas on the east and the west side. The studio proposes a dense hybrid structure, an inhabited bridge which spans over the tracks and on multi levels connects both sides of the Politecnico Bovisa campus, houses the train station, adjacent public facilities, offices and student dormitories.
The new inhabited bridge above the rail tracks is porous structure which enables a smooth transition of residences, students and visitors from both sides of Bovisa to the station. A mixture of different activities inside and outside will attract both residents and stoppers by on the way from Malpensa to Milano central.

The studio develops the new Bovisa inhabited bridge as a series of porous spatial sequences which can be appropriated for different activities and usage. These spatial sequences will generate publicness, a public character of the BOVISA POROSA.

These spatial sequences will enrich LIVING IN THE PERIPHERIA.

The studio’s work is process based, organized in 4 steps. Each step presents a concluded work. At the same time, it informs the following step.

The studio work was processed in seven groups of 3 to 4 students. Instructions to each of 4 steps were given.


Step 1 has two phases: mapping of the site and building up image bank of the references

The entire Bovisa site around two Politecnico campuses was divided into seven areas. Each group photographed 50-100 m sequences of their specific areas, without defining hierarchies of photographed objects.

The image bank of seven typological categories was built up to facilitate a connection between the studio task and spatial prototype of the step 2.
The seven categories are:
– transportation hub
– inhabited bridges
– elevated plazas
– inhabited infrastructure
– passages/gallerias
– entry ways

A description of particular spatial situations of each reference category was conducted in order to connect them to spatial issues on the site in Bovisa.


The studio took architectural porosity as a guiding spatial principle to develop interventions on the Bovisa station area. Why? For the time being, this area has no porosity and therefore movement and experience is interrupted and broken.

Based on principles of architectural porosity 7 different prototypes were defined as a tool to develop new spatial situations on the site of Bovisa.

A series of working models were produced which explore spatial potential of porosity of each prototype.

The seven prototypes are:








The seven prototypes were than tested on the Bovisa station site.
A new series of working models were produced, taking into account specificity of the site: size, dimension and accesses, orientation…

Implemented on the site, the testing provides a ground to link the spatial prototypes to the actual issues on the Bovisa site.
Activities and use were appropriated to testing models.









First, a big diagram model in 1:250 demonstrates a structure of the BOVISA POROSA INHABITED BRIDGE over the tracks.
It consists of three volumes: a new rail station concourse volume, turned perpendicular to the existing rail station, the office volume which spans above in the same direction as rail tracks are. A proposed campus dormitory follows direction of the station volume and creates a strong visual connection of both sides of Bovisa.

Second, the diagram model was sliced into 6 sections of the same width. (E1, E2, R1, R2, W1, W2). The six slices were developed into 6 sectional models in 1:100, merging different spatial prototypes.

The six slices present new spatial and usage potential of the Bovisa station site. There are six different architectural objects which can either smoothly transition to the adjacent section or be coherently developed through entire station site.

Additionally, a big model in 1:250 was built. Its massing present connectivity between the east and the west part of Bovisa.


PAULO DAVID_build in time | exhibition day



‘It was our exhibition day and we were really excited to show what we have done during these 10 days. As a group we had a really fine time together. The class worked all together to make just 1 project and ours is the one that had all of the layouts finished.’
We thank you much for gathering us together and being with us in this journey. It was a pleasure working with professor and also with you.’

thanks to şiir duygu şir and zeynep albas for the eachday feedbacks



until the end_EXHIBITION space 15.30







‘We would like to thank all the students for the strong participation and contribution, It was a pleasure to work together for a common project’                              Paulo, Giulia, Angela


PAULO DAVID_build in time | second week


until the end_BRAINSTORMING -3

‘ The day started with a big revision and we printed everything we had for that day. We discussed about the recent design ideas and there was some disconnection about the ideas because we were too much people to decide on one project. Everyone told their ideas and with the help of the professor we came up with some new ideas. We drew some sketches and tried to combine the different opinions. Since it is the final day for concluding the design according to the schedule, we immediately started drawings.’



until the end_GRAPHIC TESTS -2

‘This is the deadline of our project for our masterplan. After all the groups checked the plan again, we started coloring the masterplan and checking the surrounding buildings with their shadows. We had 2 3 different coloring techniques and different types of textures to select one of them.’




‘We started coloring the masterplan according to our group discussions and it took our whole day. At the end of the day we had our final layout with the final printings and we started to discuss about how to hang them for the exhibition.’


thanks to şiir duygu şir and zeynep albas for the eachday feedbacks

PAULO DAVID_build in time | weekend



‘It was Saturday so some of the groups were in the class. During the morning we took a revision from the professor and after that we worked whole day.’



‘We took the day of and worked from home. We combine the analysis of the photo group with our diagrams to mention all green areas around the site. Also we tried to figure out the boarders of the areas in order to help the design of the project.’


PAULO DAVID_build in time | first week

SECOND DAY_16.01.2018



‘The day started with the field trip. We took photos and videos of the Scuderie and the  surrounding area. The professor gave us some information about the site, relations of the buildings and how to think through the project. In the afternoon we discuss about the photos that we took and what we think important about the site in urban context. It was really helpful to understand what people think, in order to have one project at the end of the workshop.’


THIRD DAY_17.01.2018


‘We divided into three groups as model making, photos and video, drawings. It was a helpful choice to have this kind of grouping for the improvement of the project and finish it in the expected time. We were in the drawing group and we were responsible for the schemes and diagrams. We found the chance to work on something that we enjoy. After dividing into groups and figure out what to do, all teams came together and discussed about the general ideas and which information to collect. We worked on it through the day.’

FOURTH DAY_18.01.2018


‘We all decided about the boundaries of the project area and then we worked on the model of the site. We used different programs to have a clean base to see all connections of the green and problems of the San Siro area. After modeling we had a clean base to work on the diagrams. We had a group meeting about what to include in the analysis of the site. Through the day while we were working on the Photoshop, our group found some references and examples about the project.’


FIFTH DAY_19.01.2018




‘We started the day with a discussion and give a break to join the design team. After deciding on some ideas, on the whole day we finished the urban diagrams of the existing project area. It was really exciting to have the ideas together with 25 people and interacting with the other groups for the diagrams.’





Geir Brendeland WS day III – work in progress

Trying to gather all the helpful information in order to be able to start producing ideas and proposals that can help the area of Milan that this workshop is analyzing. Positioned close to Fondazione Prada, this area seems to be developing very fast, and this workshop will try to understand what’s the best future for it and for its inhabitants.

Luis Basabe Montalvo_Making Process Public



THE CITY IS A PROCESS, and not a mere product. The city is furthermore a mesh of divergent processes, led by a big range of actors, which follow different directions, interests and values. It can be understood as an intense battlefield, in which different factions of capital, politics and institutions try to spatialize their concurrent power projects, but in which also disempowered citizenship and democracy have a chance to flourish.

In that sense, the city is too complicated to be “designed” as a result. Authorship does not seem to be the proper tool for the definition of large and complex urban environments, and architects, urban designers and planners have to rethink their role in the production of urbanity, in order to allow A BIG RANGE OF STAKEHOLDERS – public body, real estate developers and investors with different scales, co-ops and communities, and also citizens- into the urban negotiation. Only a city, which can be produced by all, can be really democratic.

The conventional apparatus of architecture and planning appears as highly inadequate to deal with such a complex system as the contemporary city has become. Product and object oriented, it fails to describe a reality, which has much more to do with processes and relations than with results. We need NEW TOOLS, able to describe and transform the production rather than the products, and the processes rather than the objects. We need new models, able to represent the different actors’ visions and interests, and to manage their intense negotiations on this new urban arena. Continue reading

Sebastian Adamo_Living Market

Material culture, consumption and  indeterminacy in the contemporary city

  1. Hypothesis.

We are quite clear about what kinf of food, supplies or clothing will go along with us the rest of our days, but we can not determine with certainty where or how we will reach them… The indeterminacy, precisely, has been slowly advancing on everything we had learned about the commercial exchange space. The speed with which our object system undergoes format changes without physical presence forces us to imagine new scenarios. The image associated with the market or its typological correlate has lost weight at the same time as the activities it contains have diversified. Its organization has stopped responding to a functional program -now overflowing and unstable- and its projection over time has been relativized until to the moment that having a market for a single type of consumption is no longer as reassuring as it used to be.

  1. Objectives.

The workshop “Living Market.” will be the ambit where these transformations will boost the construction of a new agenda for the trade space, thus obliging us to review the extent to which our project tools are still valid. The city -understood as the ideal laboratory where to test this notion of habitat- will be the area of ​​essay that will dialogue with these transformations.

  1. Exercise.

A building will be projected on the site where today the Gorla Market resides, a neighborhood in Milan that begins a process of incorporating new programs by opening up to the possibility of modifying its identity. It will not work as a building with a single programmatic purpose, it can be a market and -at the same time- much more. We will only project a property: a construction that is denominated in its notarial terms and not through its programs or functions. This kind of zero degree imposed as a starting point will aim to facilitate the appearance of unexpected uses and social groupings.

Paulo David Abreu_De Montel Stables, Build IN (and WITH) Time

01. The exercise arises from the confrontation between the physical transformation of a place, the operation in the peripheral space of the city and the underlying social experience.
With this assumption, and similarly to acupuncture, we propose a mode of absorption of the past, a use of memory as an operative element in the search for project alarm clocks. The aim is to test the importance of the slow course, time and face-toface analysis as a process of (re) discovery and understanding of forgotten places in cities that have in themselves the potentialities to be important orthoses in the urban fabric.
We propose speculation about programs emerging from past circumstances, but that have the potential to create a critical position in the present.
What are these moments of connection in the cities today?

02. The project process should be approached in four structuring

03. The development and submission of tenders shall meet the
following criteria:
03.01 Phenomenological analysis through a guided course
03.02 Morphological analysis of the place
03.03 Historical analysis of the place and the evolution / expansion of
the city
03.04 Synthetic model of the understanding of the urban structure and
the volume of the proposal
03.05 Dialogue and relation of the program with the city.

Abreu WS Abstract
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Neven Fuchs_Ten Points for Woking with the Adriano Corner Site

What is a school?
What is public space?
How could architecture of a school create public space accessible to the local community?
What is a garden, a court, a plaza? What could be the new forms of living public spaces?
How could spaces imbued with the spirit of learning conjoin the spaces of the city and ultimately the world?
How could we architecturally overcome the traditional separation between private and public and renew the school typologies?
How we as architects could still make meaningful public spaces simply by making strong and beautiful architecture?
We imagine to work with film and animation of spatial images. We think, film could work well here and help us to develop ideas of two different spaces simultaneously, the space of periphery and the space of architectonic construction. Film is a very strong medium. In film, space, time, feelings of people and atmosphere of places are rendered together. Usually film uses architecture. What we are proposing is to use film to create architecture.
The city is not what it used to be. It is everywhere, repeating, aggregating, superimposing. The periphery is not what it used to be, either. Rather, it is a condition made of the loose overlapping of architectural, economic and social aggregates. Continue reading

Georg Reinberg_A Love and Livable Place on the Periphery Through Architecture and Energy

I am convinced that architecture can contribute to improve the public space and enhance places that suffer from a lack of sociality, urbanity and formal order.
Especially urban areas at the periphery of cities like Milan will play a key role in the future; they can be seen as enrichment added to the traditional urban space, or as a failed development. Since the ecological agenda (climate change, environmental pollution, resource management, etc) is one of the most pressing challenge for the future and for the development of our cities. I think that solutions for those problems can be found in high quality architecture. This is one of the most powerful strategies to create a new and positive cultural identity in urban peripheral areas.
Too often, those areas suffer of luck of “identity” or are reduce to be “dormitory cities” without any productivity or any significant cultural activities.
Therefore I think that we might support those areas in building their “identity “, by creating public areas that house cultural activities and are energy productive.
The goal of the workshop will be the design of those “nucleus” of cultural and technical installations, which will provide people a positive vision of their future. New, local community centres, that allow people to get involve and contribute with new solutions to solve problems like energy production, community life and cultural activities. Continue reading

Bostjan Vuga_Bovisa Studio: Planting Publicness

The added value of an architectural object is its public space or the integration of a public space into its physical space. The public character, publicness of the architectural object, defines an object’s catalytic strength to impact its physical and social context.

Publicness is not only a result of a project brief requesting the housing of a certain percentage of public functions in the domain of an architectural object. It is, more importantly, the result of an architectural approach that integrates spaces for the general public into the architecture, spaces which don’t necessarily suggest predetermined uses. Publicness is the result of an architect’s ability to envision the wider effects of the architectural object on the individual and society.

Publicness is grafted into the architectural object. The graft is first accommodated in the object, then starts impacting the object’s operativity and functioning. Eventually, the architectural object is visited, perceived and experienced by the society more due to its publicness than to its primary intended use.

Publicness encourages increased use of a building by various individuals and social groups year round and throughout the day. It enables an increased usage of places and therefore avoids the creation of grey zones. Publicness makes the place!

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Sebastian Adamo_Biography

Sebastián Adamo was born in Buenos Aires in 1977. He graduated from the Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo in the Universidad de Buenos Aires (FADU-UBA) and continued his postgraduate studies in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona de la Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (ETSAB-UPC). He has taught in different institutions such as FADU-UBA and Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and has been inivited to give seminars, workshops and lectures in various schools including the Royal Institute of British Architects (London), the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture (Chicago), the École Polytechnique Fédérale (Lausanne), the Fondazione dell´Ordine degli Architetti (Milan), the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (Madrid) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago). He is currently leading alongside Marcelo Faiden and Ricardo Fernandez Rojas the workshop “Taller de Actualización de Técnicas Proyectuales” within the scope of postgraduate studies department of FADU-UBA. Continue reading

Geir Brendeland_Biography

Geir Brendeland is a founding partner of the award winning norwegian architectural practice Brendeland & Kristoffersen Architects.
The office is the recepient of the prestigious Norwegian prize for Wood Architecture 2014
The office has won several architectural competitions and is recognised for their work with typologies, context and creating buildings showing innovative use of wood in architectural constructions.
The work of Brendeland& Kristoffersen architects has been met with widespread international recognition an has been etxtensively exhibited and published worldwide both in magazines and books. Geir Brendeland has given lectures about the works of B&K architects in most european countries. He has also been visiting critic at several universities.

Neven Fuchs_Biography

Neven Mikac Fuchs is an architect based in Oslo, Assistant Professor at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He has a broad international teaching experience frequently teaching, lecturing and taking parts in workshops and juries at various European and Japanese architectural schools. He was exhibiting at different architectural exhibitions, among others, at two Venice Biennales, “Venice Project” in the 1980-ies and “Common Ground” in 2012. He is a graduate from The FA University of Zagreb, where he was working several years as assistant professor. He practiced at Aalto’s office in Helsinki 1977-8 and doing a research work on Finish modern architecture in collaboration with The Museum of Finish Architecture. From 1979 – 83 he was a member of ILAUD under the direction of Gian Carlo de Carlo and Team 10, working as young assistant on the projects in Urbino and Siena. In 1983 he moved to Oslo, as teaching assistant to Prof Sverre Fehn at The Oslo School of Architecture. Continue reading

Georg Reinberg_Biography

Georg W. Reinberg, 1950, has his office in Vienna. Study at Vienna Technical University and Syracuse University NY, USA. Received grants from Schütte and Fulbright.
Arch. Reinberg leads a civil engineering office specialized in ecologi-cal green building. He has built more than 100 projects with high ecological stand-ards. His office specialises in research, design, planning and supervision of eco-logical building constructions since 1984.
Reinberg is visiting professor at the Danube University Krems “Centre for Construction and Environment”; lectures at the Technical University of Vienna ( MSc Program “Renewable Energy Systems”, “Green Building Solution”, inter alia.); and at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna (“housing” and “planning ac-cording to the climate”). He is member of the Board of Advisory Committee at the Danube University inter alia. He is also teaching and giving lectures internationally e.g. Latin-American, USA, Europe, China and Iran. Continue reading

Bostjan Vuga_Biography

Boštjan Vuga graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana in 1992 and completed the postgraduate masters course at the AA School of Architecture in London from 1993-1995.
Together with Jurij Sadar, they founded the SADAR+VUGA (S+V) office in Ljubljana in 1996, which in two decades took place as one of the critical European architectural practices with production and communication based on an open, integral and innovative concept. Their most acclaimed works include chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (1996), Central part of the National Gallery, Ljubljana (1996) Stadium and Multipurpose hall Stožice (2010) and Air Traffic Control Centre Ljubljana (2013). The office has received many national and global architectural awards (Bauwelt Prize, Iconic
Award, Archmaraton Award, Piranesi award, Plečnik Prize) and eight Mies van der Rohe nominations.

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Luis Basabe Montalvo_Biography

Founding patner of ARENAS BASABE PALACIOS arquitectos, an international firm based in Madrid, in which innovative, democratic and ecological concepts are developed for extreme forms of contemporary urbanity all around the world. Their work has achieved several international distinctions, such as the HOLCIM AWARD BRONZE 2014 or the EUROPAN Competition, in which they have been awarded six times since 2005. It has also been presented, published and exhibited in Germany, Austria, UK, France, Switzerland, Cyprus, Korea, India, Russia, Italy and Spain.
Associated Professor at the ETSAM-UPM in Madrid, and has been guest lecturer amongst other institutions at the University of Cambridge, CEPT University of Ahmedabad, and Uni Stuttgart. In 2014 he has held the Visiting Professorship “Contemporary City” at Politecnico di Milano.

Paulo David Abreu_Biography

Born in 1959 in Funchal. The professional training began with a migration to Lisbon.Upon the return to the Island, he created his own office, located in Funchal’s city center.There are a few moments in the history of the office which represent a source of plentiful honor and satisfaction, especially when awarded or referenced by people of great esteem, like: the winning of such prizes as the commend given by the Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas: Comendador da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique; the Alvar Aalto Medal in Helsinki in 2012, the Prémio AICA Carreira da Associação Internacional de Críticos de Arte/Ministério da Cultura in 2007; his nomination for the Prémio Pessoa that same year; the Premio FAD de Arquitectura 2007, in the City and Landscape category; his nomination for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award in 2005; the national prize “A Pedra na Arquitectura” in 2005; Continue reading

Scalo Bambini

Memories of Milan’s industrial past

The Milanese railway yards, including the Scalo Farini, played an important part in the construction of Milan as an industrial city. How can we prevent that current urban transformations erase all traces and memories of this important industrial past?

We suggest to preserve parts of the Scalo Farini in the form of a 2 hectare park and playground dedicated to children.

Precedent – Coram’s Fields in London

Coram’s Fields in Bloomsbury, London is a unique 2.8 hectare enclosed playground and park for children and young people living in or visiting London. Access is free. Adults are only permitted to enter if accompanied by children.

It includes a youth centre, a children’s centre, a community nursery for 30 children, a sports programme, a city farm, and a cafe. Coram’ Fields is funded by donations and fundraising. 

Italy’s demographic crisis

At less than 1.4 the fertility rate in Italy is among the lowest in Europe. It is far lower than the replacement rate which is 2.1. Also, the mean age of women at the birth of the first child is among the highest in Europe. Italy is heading for a demographical crisis.

France and the UK on the other hand have sustainable fertility rates and younger mothers. Italy has to improve the conditions for families and children. Urban planning and architectural design must contribute. New public spaces dedicated for children is an important and necessary means to improve the lives of Milanese families and children.

Scalo Bambini

Could Italy’s strong educational traditions such as the Reggio Emilia approach, the Montessori educational model, and Remida be revived and put to use to a larger extent? Close to the centre of Milan – within the Scalo Farini – we propose to establish the Scalo Bambini.The Scalo Bambini is offered to Milanese children. Free to use for everyone. Families in the weekends and afternoons, visiting nurseries from the neighbourhood, tourists in the summer. The Scalo Bambini includes playgrounds, a small nursery, a city farm with animals and vegetables, a cafe. Furthermore, a Remida centre, a children’s theatre, concerts, food festivals for children, and other cultural activities can be accomodated within the park.Financing may be based on the educational budgets of the municipality, corporate donors such as UniCredit or Telecom Italia, private fundraising, contributions from visiting nurseries, and fees received by the Scalo Bambini Nursery. Coram’s Fields is an important precedent both programmatically and financially.

Urban trigger

In Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas outlines how Central Park was defined in 1853 to safeguard the area from construction. It is still there despite numerous efforts to build in the parks of New York. The transformation of Scalo Farini should also start with the establishment of a resilient public space, i.e. the Scalo Bambini.

Scalo Bambini will be positioned within the enclosed area in the south of Scalo Farini. This is where the railway tracks crossing Scalo Farini are at the narrowest. Only a short distance separates Scalo Bambini from Cimitero Monumentale.

Thus the Scalo Bambini forms a permanent public enclave deep within the abandoned railway yard, a nucleus that is supposed to attract kids and families, and hence to install the Scalo Farini as a specific place in the conscience of the Milanesi before other development starts in the area. It is supposed to influence and prepare for other urban interventions and transformation in Scalo Farini and the adjacent district.

Simultaneously, the rest of Scalo Farini, including its large logistical buildings, should be opened for public use. Potential uses include outdoor cinema, sports activities, outdoor concerts (perhaps organised by Alcatraz), festivals, street markets, fashion events, circus, go-cart track, and so forth. This would require only a minimum of investment and is based upon successful precedents such as the former Tempelhof airport in Berlin and events already organised by Gucci at Scalo Farini.

Finally, when the time is ripe, Scalo Farini may be developed into a normal urban district in Milan with the Scalo Bambini in its centre.

The architecture of the Scalo Bambini

The abandoned structures from the railway operation have a curious and potentially very beautiful atmosphere, especially within the walls of the future Scalo Bambini. It is a secret garden away from the city.

The existing structures will be repaired. New programme will be carefully assigned to each artifact resulting in a complete and wonderful park for children with a minimum of new construction.

The charming temple-like structure in the middle of the site will become a centre for diverse artistic and cultural activities for children such as Remida, theatre, concerts. There will be playgrounds, an orchard, a cafe. An existing house will be refurbished as a nursery for 30 children, another building will become a shelter for animals.



Olav Kristoffersen

Geir Brendeland


Borushko Mikhail
Capra Valentina
Casula Stefano
Chen Yuanxiang
Dalmasso Sofia
Firouzan Ala
Gloria Alessandro
Spinella Alberto
Tenan Massimo
Yang Yi

Andrea Pezzoli