LESS SOIL CONSUMPTION, MORE PUBLIC SPACE
by Monica Bramanti, Beatrice Galimberti, and Anna B. Rossi
Urban and Territorial Design Studio, Architecture-Building Architecture M.Sc. I year, Politecnico di Milano, A.Y. 2011-2012
Professors Martina Orsini, Camillo Magni, Marco Baccarelli
Starting from a morphological study of Milan southern area, one of the most dense and urbanized Italian contexts, we decided to work on two different issues both referring to quality of life in a compact city. The first one was concerning public spaces, the other one was dealing with cease of soil consumption. How to combine those two topics? We observed that in the whole city there was a great amount of supermarkets with huge roof-top single or multi-storey parkings, all of them highly underutilized. Most of the time those spaces are a quasi-desert non-lieux, that people cross fast and unpleasantly, feeling an annoying discomfort in passing over.
We find out that roof-top underutilized parkings were scattered in a quite isotropic way. Thus, we decided to partly transform them in neighborhood-scale public spaces. In this way, without any soil consumption, we designed gathering places, having the possibility to locate them in spaces as popular as supermarkets are.
We set up a strategy for the transformation of rooftops in the southern Milan area, adapting our actions to different contexts we faced. We focused deeply on two cases (deeply differing the one from the other).
The first one was the stage for the design of our blueprint Agor Up I. It was an intervention developed inside an urban block, thus considering the issue of public sphere related to inhabitants’ private and collective spheres.
The other one hosted our project Agor Up II, in which we worked on a free-standing mall by conceiving a new rooftop and a new arrangement for the open area at the ground floor.