Milan, neighborhoods in progress: Adriano District

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To the west of Adriano Street extends the most recent urban development of the area, on the land formerly occupied by Magneti Marelli, whose vocation is still witnessed by the industrial architecture of the early twentieth century of the historical headquarters of the Municipal Electric Company. More than 300 thousand square meters destined, at the beginning of the millennium, to new residential, commercial and service functions, realized through an Integrated Intervention Plan signed by the architect Caputo.

Important example of the process of reconversion of industrial areas that has affected Milan, it also represents one of the most controversial outcomes, with a high level of unfinished spaces, large areas awaiting transformation and construction sites whose destination is still uncertain.

The area is developed around a large green heart named after Franca Rame and partially completed, on the edge of which stand residential tower blocks and slatted buildings; buildings of general value, sometimes partially occupied, whose open spaces at the foot are, even today, extensive green areas not accessible.

A model of living that has attracted a young population, often professionals and families in training, with a presence of more than 40%, in 2011, of people between 25 and 39 years old, with a level of education above the average of the area and a significant portion of families with a single component.

At the edge of this vast area, along the Adriano and Vipiteno streets, there are blocks of buildings intended for services including the large commercial area, the nursery school, the RSA under completion and the site of the future sports facility with swimming pool. The commercial area is today one of the central functions of the district life, a sort of covered square that is a point of connection between the various parts that make up Adriano. Here stands one of the landmarks of this area, the “pencil”, once the air shelter of the Marelli area, the only symbol still present of the industrial past of this part of the city.

On the western edge of Adriano Nuova, there are two large enclosed spaces that house technical functions serving the city, such as the ATM depot and the power plant. Along Via Tremelloni, which leads to the M1 Precotto stop, there is the layout of a cycle-pedestrian path, which crossing this part of the district represents a potential slow connection with the Martesana system, today interrupted in Vipiteno street.