Inzago (Milan) – Guidelines for plans for the renovation of farmhouses

Architects: Marco Facchinetti, Marco Dellavalle

Category: Urban planning

Date: 2011

City: Inzago (MI)

Client: Comune di Inzago (MI)

Tags: Urban Planning, Landscape, Environment, Renovation

Urban Planning

The territory of Inzago has a large stock of farmhouses and agricultural structures within a vast system of green, free and cultivated areas, many of which are included in the local park of supra-municipal interest proposed by the management plan. The policies formulated by the plan are designed to maintain the vitality of the fabric of farmhouses, both with natural functions of support for agricultural activities and through conversion for residential purposes, thus offering a different type of settlement pattern and interrupting the tendency towards urban sprawl with high consumption of building land.

The guidelines are drawn up as a intentionally hybrid instrument made up both of rules derived directly from the management plan (such as the urban planning rules on indices, covered surfaces, spheres of transfer and standards) and of morphological rules to guide the projects of implementation to be drawn up for every structure. The particular nature of the instrument prompted the use of preliminary architectural drawings in order to anticipate the appraisals that every detailed project will then have to undertake and in order to ascertain the viability of the urban planning rules derived from the plan. Every farmhouse is analyzed in terms of its existing structure and assessed as regards typological and geometric consistency. Its historical composition is examined in order to distinguish the original nucleus from worthless additions and its typological functioning as evaluated with a view to understanding and suggesting how and where to supplement the existing structures not only with new ones but also with new functions they can host together with all the associated residential services and activities.

The interest of the instrument lies precisely in its particular nature as investigation, anticipation, simulation and provision, confirming once again the great strategic value of design in order to envisage transformations and govern the quality they can contribute to the context. The broad use of nomograms defines the materials and solutions admitted and excluded in accordance with a logic of overall design and attention to the context of the farmhouse that the renovation project will necessarily have to respect. Many of the tables included were constructed also with the purpose of providing back-up material in the search for financial support or aid in a logic of overall service of the design and the instrument produced.