The territorial management plan for Verano Brianza addresses a very particular territory generated by the intense urbanization of central Brianza, completely joined to the neighbouring municipalities and traversed by a major road artery but endowed at the same time with unexpected environmental value along the valley of the river Lambro, and presenting residential settlements and industrial areas that bear eloquent witness to its long process of urbanization. The territory thus appears to present the typical problems of similar contexts: traffic, a host of disused industrial structures, failure to make the most of the historical centre and external building on a larger scale threatening the minute fabric of both residential and commercial functions. In examining this situation, the plan is developed primarily as a tool for painstaking investigation of the territory, interpretation of the underlying dynamics and observation of the inhabitants’ quality of life. The existence of different speeds is thus discovered: on the one hand, transformations to be carried out on areas ripe for redevelopment for everyday use; on the other, micro-operations on existing fabrics in pursuit of a level of residential quality not detectable at first. The plan is therefore developed as a hybrid instrument made up of different actions in different phases. A master plan is used to anticipate (through the tool of the integrated programme of intervention) the vision, rules and benefits of the transformation of some disused structures, then incorporating into the plan the design and the benefits to be obtained by the town as a whole in terms of standards and works.
Maps of policies and actions are created for the districts into which the territory is divided in order to increase the sense of belonging to a circumscribed context (thus combating the sense of disorientation engendered by settlement sprawl). The possible and envisaged operations are spread out not only in the transformative capacities of the plan but also through the combined development of further instruments, like the plan for the management of traffic and parking. The plan thus takes shape both as an authentic road map for the management of processes under way and susceptible of stimulation by its provisions and as a tool to keep the transformations and the results of the implementation under observation through sound use of the strategic environmental assessment procedure. Each of these aspects is strongly informed by design. From the reorganization of the areas of transformation incorporated into the plan through the anticipation of projects to the overall restructuring of the districts and the minute level of the traffic plan, design expresses the pursuit of quality for a hybrid, in-between territory not accustomed or inclined to see public space as a great resource for the overall quality of the living. It thus expresses a structure while at the same time governing the dynamics and policies required for its attainment.