6_ABANDONED MILAN

What is biodiversity? Why do we need to talk about this topic in a town-planning studio?We believe that the origins of these questions find their bases in the modern city, in the city of the industrial revolution. It began to present the problems of overcrowding, poor health care and the creation of slum workers.The first modern city, those of large urban plans, devoted to the progress and the machine, find their solution in the development of a series of “collective” urban visions. The protagonist is not man but machine and car. The city is spread over different layers to allow the machines to be most efficient and have no problems with other types of mobility.This progressive mania within the capitalist logic of the XX century and the economic boom has led to consequences far almost irremediable: consumption of soil and its waterproofing, air pollution, are just a few examples of damage caused by humans in a global scale.About this dream of progress, what is left to us?Man continues to progress, to discover new situations, but the fervour of the XX century is fading, because the recent economic crisis that has begun to light on all the weaknesses of our lifestyle.So in this logic is useful to rethink our cities, our way of life, the health of house and ask us what is the right whereby man can deny life to other living species.

The base of our project is build a utopia, not only design, but also economic and civil. This new utopia could be compared to those that have moved around the 900, starting from the draft R. Rummel that imagines a future New York in 1910 to draft a city Hilberseimer for (further) where, in both cases, the man migrates to the upper levels to make room at the lowest level to the progress embodied by the speed and the car.All the XX century is crossed by this push futurist where progress and speed dictate the rules of development, where the car and the new technologies are seen as the panacea for all ills, but in fact, to date, only show themselves as mere palliatives of a terminally ill patient at the last stage. Today the only cure for this world is drifting biodiversity. The typological and compositional schemes used 100 years ago, we can consider still valid, just changing the theoretical framework that is at the heart no longer the speed of growth and being, but the nature of nature, one that now is disappearing and that it has been lost even in mountain forests but also one that is fundamental for the earth to sustain.The concept behind the project is simple: give up the first two floors of all the buildings; in this way the ground floor of the city is occupied by nature, leave in favour of the general well-being.In this way, the men go to fill the “gaps” exist between the buildings to create new homes to substitute the eventually lack of flat.This fill allows us to create a flatten surfaces that turn in the new public spaces, completely overturning the traditional view of the city.So every public space is identified with a block and is connected with others through the walkways, creating a continuous, fluid public space that is over-imposed on the entire city.

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