An urban and social redevelopment as a link between countryside and city.

What interventionArchitectural and urban design
For what resultCooperative eco-district
In what placeVaiano Valle Milan- Italy
For which customerINVITALIA
With which partnersLama impresa sociale (project leader) + Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle Costruzioni e Ambiente Costruito del Politecnico di Milano, Finabita, Impronta etica, Amici di LabGov, Coopservizi
When2019 — 2020
Where are we now Project - Feasibility study


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From the need to requalify some rural buildings and “cascine” in the Vaiano Valle Nord area, a new urban structure comes to life

a cooperative eco-district composed of housing, commercial buildings, both educational and recreational, where urban density is combined with quality, attractiveness and a highly distinctive character of the spaces.

A new landscape made up of extremely low-impact buildings, both in terms of energy and carbon footprint, combined with a network of natural yet well-equipped open spaces designed to improve the microclimate, maximize comfort and promote social opportunities.

Ecodistrict is a meeting place, attractive and inclusive, thanks to a functional mix that makes it come alive both during the day and night.

This vibrant and dynamic urban vision generates a clear identity, a sense of belonging and sharing of the principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability that are the basis of this urban regeneration “green” project.

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Designing with people, for people: through participatory planning, an urban structure is born that is able to evolve in sync with environmental, social and economic contexts, in continuous evolution.

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The new masterplan arranges the buildings in order to make the most of the bioclimatic conditions of the area, minimizing the potential energy consumption. Passive air conditioning / cooling technologies, such as green roofs, allow a lowering of surface temperatures. The high-performance building envelope and the adjustable screening systems protect the glass surfaces from summer solar radiation. There are multiple exposures to ensure effective natural ventilation.
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An architectural intervention that limits soil consumption to a minimum. The surface remains unchanged for 59% (52% for public parks and gardens and 48% for urban gardens). The used pedestrian traffic (16%) is permeable and 77% of the built surfaces (15% of the total surface) are treated with extensive green or potted greenery.

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The masterplan is rooted in the principles of dynamism and resilience, equity and climate protection: through a calibrated mix of real-estate products and a renewed environmental and urban quality, it increases the attractiveness of the district and promotes the development of inclusive and sustainable communities.

The district is experienced throughout the day, with safe spaces and gentle mobility, pedestrian and vehicular cycle lanes, but at reduced speed, which guarantees integration and connection with the rest of the city. 

A maximization of bioclimatic strategies, through a calibrated distribution and orientation of spaces, allows to reduce the potential energy consumption as much as possible, guaranteeing greater solar gains to buildings and at the same time a good winter solar access to external meeting places.

The reduction of the urban heat island, the maintenance of soil permeability and biodiversity, are themes that pervade the entire district. Urban drainage solutions such as permeable pavements, first rain tanks and retentive green roofs, together with cultivations and ornamental-productive green areas, result in a general improvement of the microclimate: it is a new piece of the city that is mended with its vocational agricultural origins.

The well-being of the user always comes first thanks to natural ventilation, air conditioning and ventilation systems with low air movement, control systems for internal thermo-hygrometric parameters and the choice of low emission materials and interior finishes.

By guaranteeing many unobstructed views and a continuous internal-external dialogue, even in confined spaces, it is possible to enjoy and feel part of a green and blue backdrop made up of gardens, canals, shrubbery and trees: integrating the principles of Biophilic Design, man’s innate tendency to feel good in contact with nature is enhanced, leading to positive psycho-physical effects. 

The use of renewable sources such as solar and photovoltaic panels on the roofs of buildings and micro wind power in some areas along the canals where the urban conformation allows the prevailing winds to be channeled is widely integrated into the lot.

In the area of the cascina, on the north side, there are commercial activities that develop around the concept of the local market with agricultural, flower-nursery and craft products, but also cultural, recreational and aggregation activities that give the area a harmonious identity and that connect the new park with the existing neighborhood.