Carlo Ratti to Redesign Former Milan World Expo Site
Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has won the international competition to reimagine the site of the former Milan World Expo 2015. The 10 million-square-foot plan will see the 247-acre site repurposed as an innovation park dedicated to science, technology, and higher learning.
“Since cities emerged ten thousand years ago, they have served as civilization’s most powerful engine of innovation. Innovation is also at the core of our master plan, by which the former site of Milan World Expo will become a place where to experiment with new ways of working, doing research, inhabiting spaces, getting around, and overall enjoying life—a garden city shaped by the evolving needs of its inhabitants,” CRA founding partner Carlo Ratti said. “As CRA, we are thrilled to be involved in the creation of this living lab on tomorrow’s Milan.”
Conceived to set a new standard for urban transformation, the design will include the creation of a new neighborhood appointed with facilities for co-working, co-living, and co-creating in addition to offices and research centers. Cultural spaces and facilities for urban agriculture will also be featured in the masterplan. The proposal also calls for a one-mile stretch of linear parkland extended toward surrounding streets and roads anticipated to eventually accommodate self-driving cars exclusively.