The protracted work for Cassina de’ Pecchi demonstrates that also a tool built for speed like the territorial management plan can develop on location through differentiated timing. The plan’s actions are focused on the creation of some central places for the territory in full awareness of its nature as a very particular municipality that initially fell victim to the great wave of speculation in the 1950s and ’60s and then saw intense building growth over the next two decades prompted by the metropolitan railway. With very high density in the central part and low densities in those of more recent construction, it is a typically metropolitan area with major territorial axes generating important relations between Cassina and its surroundings. The presence of the Martesana canal, the metropolitan railway and no fewer than three provincial highways (the Padana Superiore, Cassanese and Cerca) make the question of infrastructural connections central to the plan, above all in relation to the policy in place for development of these systems and to the problems expressed by a saturated territory precisely in the vicinity of the same. The plan invests in quality for all its components and focuses primarily on the construction of new centralities in order to modify the position of Cassina de’ Pecchi within the metropolitan territory.
The municipality has a great many opportunities to attain centrality, including redevelopment of the canal, the area of the station and the town centre, the creation of public services and sports facilities in connection with the South Milan Agricultural Park, and the transformation of a farmhouse into a new centre in order to rejoin the two parts of the town, all initiatives that constitute specific projects of the plan. Use is made of a master plan to examine the viability and ascertain the feasibility of these projects and secure the benefits that their implementation would mean for the territory as a whole. Through design, the plan identifies a different role for Cassina, not least in relation to the deeper dynamics connected with use of the constructed parts of the town, both devoted to public services and private, non-residential structures. It is a long and evolving plan, constructed more as a process than a snapshot of the town’s future, in which design plays a strategic role in guiding the process under way and implementing the planning provisions over time.