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L’INNESTO

L'Innesto, a project to redevelop the Milan Greco Breda railway yard, is the first zero-carbon affordable housing district in Italy. Partly because of these features, the project won the 2019 international competition Reinventing Cities, the call for bids was launched by the City of Milan together with C40 for sustainable urban regeneration projects.

L'INNESTO: HIGHLIGHTS

Adoption of frontier technologies for energy optimization

  • 4th generation low-temperature district heating fueled by renewable energy sources, i.e., with heat recovery on municipal wastewater and a solar thermal system.
  • Reduction of consumption also through thermal insulation of buildings and summer cooling system using solar energy.

Drastic reduction of waste disposal from production and consumption

  • Zero Waste Store: sale of bulk food products and goods to minimize waste from packaging.
  • Closed cycle of water reuse in horticulture for zero-waste food production.
  • Circular Economy District: creation of an Innovation hub, a center of expertise to develop innovative models of production and consumption.

Shared spaces and services.

  • Adaptive Urban Zones: social spaces, communal kitchens, workshops and services managed in an integrated way by residents, businesses, nonprofits and other local stakeholders.

Diversified housing offer

  • Subsidized rental housing and housing for sale.
  • Shared housing (apartments with common spaces and cohousing).
  • Affordable residences aimed at categories in difficulty, agreements with Social and Health Services and supported third sector services.

Sustainable Approach

  • Student Housing: student housing with 300 beds for students managed sustainably by In-Domus, a leading student housing company in Milan.

Urban architecture by one of the most accredited Italian firms: Barreca & La Varra.

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Carbon Neutral Area

Adoption of frontier technologies for energy optimization

4th generation low-temperature district heating fueled by renewable energy sources, i.e., with heat recovery on municipal wastewater and a solar thermal system.

Reduction of consumption also through thermal insulation of buildings and summer cooling system using solar energy.

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Circular Economy

Drastic reduction of waste disposal from production and consumption

Zero Waste Store: sale of bulk food products and goods to minimize waste from packaging.

Circular Economy District: creation of an Innovation hub, a center of expertise to develop innovative models of production and consumption.

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Affordable Housing and collaboration

Shared spaces and services.

Adaptive Urban Zones: social spaces, communal kitchens, workshops and services managed in an integrated way by residents, businesses, nonprofits and other local stakeholders.

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Types of housing

Diversified housing offer

Subsidized rental housing and housing for sale.

Shared housing (apartments with common spaces and cohousing).

Affordable residences aimed at categories in difficulty, agreements with Social and Health Services and supported third sector services.

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Student Housing

Sustainable Approach

Student Housing: student housing with 300 beds for students managed sustainably by In-Domus, a leading student housing company in Milan.

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Design

Urban architecture by one of the most accredited Italian firms: Barreca & La Varra.

The masterplan of L’Innesto aims at reconnecting the urban fabric between Bicocca and Precotto.”

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INTERVIEW WITH LUIGI SIMONE

THE PROJECT

AREA 70.000 sqm
HOUSING UNITS 330 affordable apartments 400 beds for students
STATUSIn progress

THE TEAM

Project
leaders

Redo (FIL1)

Architects

Barreca & La Varra, Fondazione Housing Sociale, Ariatta, Starching, CEAS, MIC Mobility In Chain

Engineers and
international professionals

Arup

Environmental
Experts

A2A e MM

Network
Managers

Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Cresme, Cariplo Factory, Intesa San Paolo Innovation Center, Planet Smart City

Partners

Stantec, Delta Ecopolis,
In-Domus, Fondazione Social Venture Giordano dell’Amore, AIM, Fungo Box, Peverelli

A NEW WAY OF COLLABORATIVE LIVING

Innesto is a Latin word. It means to insert new elements into a heterogeneous context in order to create connections and foster growth, in botany as well as in urban planning.
The area of Milan where L’Innesto will rise straddles Greco and Bicocca and has had an agricultural heart over the centuries, then an industrial one: through the Breda rail yard, raw material used to come to the steel mills of Sesto San Giovanni. Today the neighborhood, spanning Municipality 2 and 9, has the highest growth in the city: a 96.3% increase in inhabitants between 1999 and 2027 (Cresme data). A 50% increase is expected between now and 2030. The young, international population will be more and more cultural, thanks to its proximity to Bicocca University, Teatro Arcimboldi and Pirelli Hangar Bicocca exhibitions. L’Innesto respects history and creates new connections with the future. The solidarity trait of the area – with its agricultural and working-class roots – becomes a key element of a new way of “social” living. Not only 400 apartments, but also a 300 beds university residence and 45,000 square meters of immersive greenery. In Milan, L’Innesto will be above all a community of collaborative living. Four key elements.

1. COMMUNITY BUILDING.
Two-year support to empower residents to design the use of common spaces. The social manager will be central to align needs and interests and measure impacts over time.

2. FLEXIBLE SPACES AND SERVICES.
Communal kitchens, living rooms, workshops, gardens and green spaces. And services managed in an integrated way by residents, business entities and non-profits. From the Neighborhood Concierge (domestic services and paperwork processing) to the Community Food Hub (food and agricultural education workshop and classes), to Urban farming (3840 square metres of gardens to be grown together on a rotating or shared basis).

3. SHARED HOUSING.

L’Innesto provides 60 % of the apartments for rent, 40 % of which for subsidized sale. But there is also a portion of shared housing:

  • Cluster-flat – Housing units connected by a common space: kitchen-dining area, living room-TV area, play area, study and work area, storage rooms.
  • Social residences – Apartments for 6-10 people, with shared rooms and large spaces for socialization. In agreement with Social and Health Services and reserved for specific categories.
  • Guest houses – A student residence with 300 beds. Individual spaces enhanced by shared spaces: living rooms, study rooms, communal kitchens, a music space and a gym.

4. TECHNOLOGY

Neighborhood App to connect with other residents, be updated on initiatives and services in real time.

 

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