Architects: Marco Facchinetti, Marco Dellavalle
Category: Urban planning
Date: 2007 – 2008
City: Cambiago (MI)
Client: Comune di Cambiago (MI)
Tags: Urban Planning, PGT
Together with the railway line for Venice, the construction of the A4 motorway constituted one of the first infrastructural corridors of North Italy and has worked in time to alter the relations existing in the agricultural area. Subsequent widening of the infrastructural strip has increased the division and created a rigid, impermeable and impenetrable element splitting the territory cleanly. Cambiago has a privileged location with respect to the accessibility offered by the motorway but is unquestionably invaded by the division, further emphasized by the consolidation of a production system that occupies sites looking onto the motorway so as to take advantage of the opportunity for visibility and leaves the municipality to cope with all problems regarding access by road. Moreover, the construction of the new bypass system for eastern part of the Milanese metropolitan area creates a further divide in the vicinity of the hamlet of Torrazza, which still preserves a historical architectural heritage of great importance. The plan thus sought to restore the connections broken by the infrastructural systems and ensure the compactness of the overall form of the territory. Its policies were designed to inject new dynamism into the built-up territory, transforming the available areas of building land within the boundaries as opportunities for the creation of small new centralities. If Cambiago enjoys a position of particular infrastructural advantage, it must avert the risk of attraction leading to invasion of the territory with new weights and new functions, and concentrate instead on the orderly incorporation of the new potential into the territory. The road that constitutes the western boundary was thus designed as a green bastion attenuating transition between the built-up area and the system of the agricultural territory, and the areas of transformation contained within it were called upon to define a more precise urban design. Through the policies of the plan, Cambiago can thus redefine its position in the territory and consolidate itself as a small new centrality built up around the key node of the motorway, strongly connected with the other systems running through the territory, and compactly contained within its own boundaries.