A book to describe the redevelopment of the former railway yards of Milan

The book is in bookstores in the Central Station of Milan and can also be purchased directly from the publisher. All sale proceeds will go to Caritas Ambrosiana


Milan, 23 July 2018

The story of the transformation and urban regeneration of the seven Milanese railway yards (Farini, Greco Pirelli, Lambrate, Porta Romana, Rogoredo, Porta Genova and San Cristoforo), a total of 1.2 million square meters, and its sharing with the city are the themes of the Scali Milano. Designing the transformation. The role of FS Sistemi Urbani.

In Scali Milano the voices of the Institutions and of the subjects that have contributed to the construction of the dialogue between public and private persons are gathered to enhance the urban heritage promoted by FS Sistemi Urbani (FS Italiane Group) in collaboration with the Municipality of Milan and the Lombardy Region.

The book also contains the analysis of the Italian and European context and recounts the assumptions, details, and output of the Dagli Scali workshop, the new city, promoted by FS Sistemi Urbani, which led to the development of five possible visions to imagine a Milan of the future.

The publication is a contribution to urban planners, architects, industry experts and citizens who are passionate about the topic. An important tool to understand how to see urban planning today, how to start negotiations between public and private sectors and how to develop an innovative and quality project for the medium and long terms.

Scali Milano. Design the transformation. The role of FS Sistemi Urbani (PPAN editions, 250 pages, 15 euros) is in bookshops in the Milan Central Station and can also be purchased directly from the publisher (info@ppan.it, phone +06 87751723). All proceeds from its sale will be donated to charity via Caritas Ambrosiana.

"I think this book, through the contributions and ideas collected, can help us understand the importance of the path that, through the redevelopment of the seven former railway yards, will make Milan in 2030 greener, inclusive, connected, and international", stated Pierfrancesco Maran, Councillor for Urbanism, Green Spaces, and Agriculture of the City of Milan. "Thanks to the Agreement signed after more than ten years of discussions between the City of Milan, the Lombardy Region, and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, the city will have an additional 675 thousand square meters of green spaces, equal to 65% of the total area; 200 thousand square meters of ecological connections along the railway tracks; new neighbourhoods with defined purposes, characterized by substantial accommodation and service offerings for the middle class and for students; and the circle line, a new strategic infrastructure for the development of the Metropolitan City which will considerably improve the connections for most of the neighbouring municipalities. It is an extraordinary urban challenge, an extensive work of territorial rehabilitation between the centre and the suburbs, an opportunity for sustainable and equitable growth."

"The process followed to obtain the approval of the program agreement on the transformation of the former Milanese railway yards represents a model of approach to large public projects achieved with the direct involvement of citizens and stakeholders" highlighted Carlo De Vito, President of FS Urban Systems. "Together with the City of Milan, which is recognized as having embarked on this path, we first launched a joint communication approach in Italy to arrive at complex solutions that affect the whole city. The route taken in Milan, which also constitutes a model for us to export to other cities, has been collected in a volume and proposed to spread the procedures followed in full transparency and with attention to the general interests of the community. Thanks to all those who participated in the process by public administrators, professionals of all subjects, railway workers and above all the city of Milan."

"The book is an important collection of the experiences gained over the course of 13 years on the redevelopment and development project of the former railway yards of Milan" said Gianfranco Battisti, CEO of FS Sistemi Urbani. "An opportunity to illustrate the design criteria for cities of the future to sector experts, enthusiasts and citizens through a new systemic approach that integrates the themes of engineering, architecture and environmental sustainability. A virtuous example of social and economic development that gives back an important signal to citizens' expectations. The decision to donate sale proceeds to Caritas Ambrosiana stems from the desire to contribute to the reduction of social hardship in our own small way."

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