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New Farms for EXPO

by Sophie Cullen on Jul 21, 2015 in Architecture
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Recently, an international multidisciplinary project, New Farms for EXPO, was held in Milan to put the spotlight on the reactivation of vacant Milanese farmhouses

In collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Rome and New Generations, the workshop and side events saw numerous European professionals from different fields come together to discuss development of a toolbox for the reuse – whether durable or temporary - of the farmhouses, or cascine, as they are often referred. Participants from the architecture, sociology, urban ecology and urban planning fields were represented at the workshop, where the members were divided into three groups corresponding to the key-themes isolated from New Generations research:

  • New Economies proposed a selection of new business models for the cascine
  • Urban Metabolism studied the development of entrepreneurial initiatives at a local and city scale
  • New Brand & Storytelling developed a brand to increase the citizens’ awareness of the resources of the territory

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After the initial phase, which saw extensive tours of the municipal farmhouses and the following phase where action plans were proposed and reviewed, the final stage was a presentation of the final projects to international guests at the close of the workshop. A paper publication of these projects and the results of the research promoted by New Farms will be published by the end of October 2015.

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