Architects: Marco Facchinetti, Marco Dellavalle
Category: Urban planning
Date: 2007 – 2009
City: Vignate (MI)
Client: Comune di Vignate (MI)
Tags: Urban Planning, PGT
The territorial management plan for Vignate was drawn up at the same time as a set of actions and operations contributing to modification of the territorial context. The major infrastructural upgrading to which the eastern sector of the province of Milan has been subjected is evident in the municipal territory of Vignate. The strengthening of the Cassanese and Rivoltana highways, respectively north and south of the municipal territory, and the railway system with the construction of the new high-speed Milan-Venice line have in fact served to consolidate the east-west infrastructural corridor, part of the broader policy of strengthening the connections forming part of the European Community’s Corridor 5. As one of the many settlement sytems involved, Vignate is thus called upon to sacrifice much of its equilibrium and part of the compactness of its environmental system in favour of infrastructural flow on a larger and broader scale. The plan drawn up focuses on the overall form of the settlement in an effort to rebalance the east-west flow, parallel to the infrastructural systems, with the creation of an environmental road system capable of closing the territory on two sides and avoiding further expansion. The two north-south axes permit a different relationship with the high-quality environmental system. Traversed by major flows, the town opens up to the heritage of its environmental system. As in other plans subsequently developed for neighbouring municipalities, the riches of the South Milan Agricultural Park are drawn upon to confer meaning on the town as a whole, harnessing the valuable green area and opening its use to the adjoining towns, one of which is Vignate. The territorial management plan seeks to create a special gateway to the park by providing for an area of transformation and services capable of counterbalancing the weight of the commercial centre previously built on the Cassanese highway, and to identify some services of municipal interest precisely in the area of the park.
Unanimously approved by the majority and minority of the local government, the plan harnesses the regulatory framework already tried out in some latest-generation schemes by the reformist school of urban planning, recognizing the need for different rules for the historical city, the consolidated city, the city to be consolidated and the agricultural spheres, and seeking to include tried and tested rules in the new set of planning tools.