Regenerating the Suburbs – Space for Urban Wellness

6 months full time in presence  


The objective is to develop a concrete project of urban regeneration, integrated viability and green mobility that will involve Unipol's spaces (in via dei Missaglia 97, Milan). The aim is to identify sensitive and strategic points and help build a new vision of the spaces of this portion of the city and the surrounding areas transforming them into “places”- embedded of cultural interpretation and social attributes for its inhabitants.  



Cities undergo constant change. They are dynamic, never static, never finished, and always adjusting to new circumstances. To date, 3.5 billion people, approximately half of the global population, live in cities: this urban population is concentrated in areas amounting to roughly 2% of the Earth’s surface. According to demographic projections by the United Nations, by 2030 world population will increase by 1.5 billion, or about 100 million more people per year. This implies tremendous expansion, mainly in urban centers, and results in large-scale abandonment and dereliction of suburban land and buildings. Urban regeneration involves the process of remaking such places. In this sense, regeneration initiatives are planned to improve the physical conditions of places and the urban environment, increase economic growth and environmental sustainability, taking an array of urban and social problems in order to facilitate better social life for local people establishing as well privileged channels of connection with the center 


Designers and architects are invited to solicit innovative solutions on urban, suburban, and organic architecture in the project area to help citizens interpret the constant changes that will characterize tomorrow thanks to a path that pays great attention to the relationship between social, economic, political, and spatial issues.  

Through an interdisciplinary methodology and careful critical analysis, Regenerating the Suburbs will enable creative and strategic approaches to address eco-systemic issues related to the neighborhood by stimulating reflection, design and action and creating participatory innovation processes that will impact citizenship and spaces intended for sharing and sociability.  


Andrea Rossi – Project Track Leader 

Gregorio Pistolesi – Project Track Assistant  

Giovanni Sanna – Project Track Assistant 


Sponsoring Partner

Urban Up (Unipol Group) 


Slide Healthy Materials and Sustainable Products LEADING PRACTICES Design of Products and System for the Circular Economy Project Track ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN