EMBT Reveals its Proposal for the Development of Former Milan Railway Yards
Spanish practice EMBT has unveiled its proposal for the redevelopment of seven former railway yards in Milan, as part of the Scali Milano study project which was launched by FS Sistemi Urbani, Municipality of Milan, and the Lombardy Region. The project’s objective is to transform the more than one million square meters of deserted fields into developed urban settlements. The development study is tackling the concepts of; urban agriculture, participatory and circular economy, soft mobility, and sustainability, among others, with reference to examples from other European metropolises like Paris, Barcelona, and Hamburg. The Milan railways targeted by the development project includes Scalo Farini, Scalo Porta Genova, Scalo San Cristoforo, and Scalo gredo-Breda.
EMBT’s proposal, entitled “Miracoli a Milano”, aims to transform the seven railways (Scalas) into seven miracles, by giving each one a distinctive character. “Some of the scali will be dedicated to cultural programming, design, and fashion, while others are zoned for young companies and start-ups,” said the designers. The proposal, also, aims to utilize water as the main agent that connects all the different parts of the urban development. “It will be the ‘miraculous’ element linking City, Nature, History and different users such as pedestrians, bicycles, and skaters, and transforming Milan into a more comfortable and happy place to live,” explained the designers.
Other architecture practices that were invited to participate in this research project are Stefano Boeri, MAD Architects, and Cino Zucchi Architetti.