In the past years, Milan has become a model city in public space regeneration. The Piazze Aperte (“Open Squares”) programme, launched in 2018, has become a key reference for municipalities and activists aiming at transforming their cities with safer streets, more attractive and more accessible public spaces, more climate-resilient infrastructure and stronger, more compact and liveable neighbourhoods.
Piazze Aperte aims to enhance public spaces and turn them into gathering places for communities, to extend pedestrian areas, and to promote sustainable forms of mobility to benefit the environment and improve the quality of life in the city. Piazze Aperte uses the “tactical urbanism” approach to put public spaces once again at the center of community life and to encourage people to make the most of public squares, rather than just using them for parking or thoroughfares. By giving people back their community spaces, the hope is that, through activities, gatherings, and even just simply “living” in these areas, public squares will once again regain their full status as local meeting places.
Thanks to the collaboration agreements signed in the programme, the City of Milan and its residents are able to actively cooperate in the design, development, and implementation of public spaces, based on the principles of shared management.
In the past 4 years, Piazze Aperte has redeveloped 40 public spaces covering over 20,000 m2, with the participation of thousands of citizens, NGOs, associations, schools, religious organisations and businesses.
At the Budapest event, the case study of Milan will be presented by AMAT experts Demetrio Scopelliti and Stefano Ragazzo, who will share their experiences about Piazze Aperte and the role of Milan’s public space innovation within the city’s broader future vision.
Demetrio Scopelliti is Director for Urban Planning and Public Space at the City of Milan’s Agency for Mobility, Environment and Territory. Since 2016, he has been Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning at the City of Milan,
Stefano Ragazzo is an architect and urban designer. His research and projects focus on urban regeneration, incremental urbanism and temporary architecture. In 2010 he founded orizzontale, an architecture practice based in Rome, whose work crosses the field of architecture, urbanism and public art.
Time: 19:00 on the 21st of October 2022
Location: KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre (Budapest, Bartók Béla út 10-12, 1111)
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The event is free, registration to the event is required: https://forms.gle/yWXNF5UJWn5pu7re6