Imagination or reality: what will Milan be like in 2030?

What will Milan be like in 2030? The Lombard capital is now focusing more and more on urban redevelopment, with the birth and launch of new projects one day on the other as well, aimed at giving the city a new face, projected towards the third millennium. It is also for this reason that Milan attracts more and more people from all over Italy and beyond, and it is also for this reason that it has rightfully earned a place in the sun among the great European metropolises.

According to Enrico Mariutti, a researcher in the economic and energy fields, between now and 2030 we will see some good ones. Mariutti has in fact imagined a list of 10 points to understand what will happen in 7 years time. In short? If they are followed to the letter, Milan will become greener, more attractive and avant-garde. In detail? Let’s see it together.

What Milan will be like in 2030

Reality or science fiction? Here is Milan in 2030 imagined by Mariutti and his research.

To begin with, most of the buildings will be energy efficient. This is thanks to the building redevelopment programs put in place by the municipal administration, in agreement with the building, energy and credit sector companies, to guarantee energy efficiency interventions at no cost. But that’s not all: the roofs and walls of buildings can be covered with greenery, so as to capture 25% of the particulate matter in the entire metropolitan area. The investment costs, estimated at around 200 million, will be 70% financed by private individuals and will make it possible to install green panels, hanging gardens, roofs and green walls.

But that’s not enough: the air in Milan will be much cleaner thanks also to photocatalytic materials, which will become mandatory for the renovation of facades and road surfaces (asphalt, plaster, concrete). They capture air pollution and break it down into harmless particles using sunlight. In a few years, this will reduce the concentration of pollutants in the air by 30%. Furthermore, thanks to a road redevelopment program, motorways and suburban roads will be repainted white, to allow the removal of 200 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

And what about public transport? Very simple: the municipality of Milan will act as “lessor” of the urban railway infrastructure to private companies that deal with urban transport, following the examples of Paris, Dresden or Zurich. This extra revenue will allow the municipality to enhance the public transport offer, thus making the Milanese underground one of the most efficient in Europe. In addition, supermarkets, shopping malls and e-commerce hubs will also be able to use the railway to transport goods. Waste will also be transported using this method.

To halve the heat island effect, an orbital park will be created, a huge park of 400,000 hectares built in a ring around the city, incorporating the existing woods and adding new green areas. This, in addition to alleviating city temperatures by allowing the weight on air conditioners to be lightened, will also allow for the absorption of 6 million tons of carbon dioxide a year.

The study of Il Sole 24 ore

Enrico Mariutti’s idea of Milan in 2030 certainly follows theoretical principles, but also leaves ample room for imagination. A study by the Sole 24 ore instead – which however is starting to be a bit outdated as it is dated May 2019 – shows projections that estimate that at least 10 billion in capital will arrive in all, which rise to 13 billion considering the entire metropolitan area. Perhaps they won’t be used for green roofs or futuristic subways, but they will be needed to redevelop a good 2.9 million square meters in the city, including the former Expo 2015 area and the former railway yards. In addition, of this enormous surface area, 1.3 million square meters will be used for new housing.

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