Project for Milan and Lumbardy
| The City
In the Image and Resemblance of Man
Piano urbanistico per Milano, 1967
Today's Milan is characterised by the feature that all the radii lead to a single point, the centre, which has continuously destroying itself under the pressure of the surrounding urban mass. On the contrary, Mazzucconi's project substitutes this idea of centre with a ring around which all the radial and concentric highway system orbits. This ring would coincide with the Spanish town-walls (also known as Bastioni), and surround a void, corresponding to the entire city area just like it was until the end of the 19th century. Inside this void, it is possible to distinguish a central nucleus - the small and ancient city of Milan - surrounded by the Navigli (now covered over), while, all around, a ring-shaped park would extend and complete the present, limited civic parks, to the point that a green crown of separation would be formed between the City of the Navigli and the contemporary city beyond the Bastioni. In the latter, a grand architectonic scale would develop, with a front line of skyscrapers, in radical contrast to the minute scale of ancient Milan.
|The City of Navigli
the urban interventions of the 1800's and the 1900's, which basically dealed with the interstitial space between two parts of the historic centre. (Similarly to a seed that presents a space between the two cotyledons which compose it).
the project, which proposes: