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Milanese Railyard Parks

MAD Architects' Scali Milano Design Rejuvenates the Dilapidated Railyards

— April 11, 2017 — World
Milan's derelict railyards have become a scourge on an otherwise beautiful city, but international firm MAD Architects' recent project proposal, entitled Scali Milano, promises to rejuvenate that area of the city. Scali Milano, which is being headed up by MAD in collaboration with four other international firms (viz. Stefano Boeri Architetti, Mecanoo, MIRALLES TAGLIABUE EMBT, and Cino Zucchi Architetti,) would rebuild the Milan railyards with an eye on current and future community building by turning the area into a large-scale park.

Railway parks have become something of an urban planning darling in recent years. Manhattan's acclaimed High Line was built on a former rail track, and Toronto's proposed Rail Deck Park would be built on top of a currently used railway corridor in the city's downtown core.
Trend Themes
1. Railway Parks - The trend of transforming derelict railyards into large-scale parks presents opportunities for innovative urban planning and community development projects.
2. Community Building - The focus on creating spaces for community engagement and interaction within railway parks opens doors for disruptive innovation in social infrastructure and public space design.
3. Adaptive Reuse - The concept of repurposing abandoned infrastructure, such as rail tracks, for park development encourages creative approaches to sustainable urban design and environmental revitalization.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - The architecture industry can explore new design methodologies and materials to create innovative and functional railway parks that enhance the urban landscape.
2. Urban Planning - The urban planning industry can seize the opportunity to incorporate railway parks as integral components of urban regeneration projects, fostering sustainable and inclusive communities.
3. Landscape Design - The landscape design industry can reimagine traditional park planning by integrating railway parks with surrounding natural elements, providing unique recreational and ecological experiences.
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