New Generations is back in Milan with New Farms for EXPO, an international multidisciplinary project organized in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy in Rome and the Dutch Consulate General in Milan.
The project launched in Milan from 24 to 30 June, little more than a month after the opening of EXPO 2015, involves architects, professionals and local administrators, together with agronomists, economists and urbanists, with the goal of identifying tools and strategies of reuse of abandoned buildings scattered around contemporary cities.
The research focuses on the reactivation of farmhouses located in the Milan territory, and in particular on those owned by the city. The reuse of public heritage and its involvement in long-term urban processes become, thanks to the project, the fundamental element of social, cultural and new business initiatives.
The activities take place at two locations: a one-week workshop at Cascina Corte San Giacomo, and three side events at the headquarters of the Architects Association, Via Solferino 17.
The tutors of the workshop are: Jan Jongert (SuperUse Studios, NL), Isabella Inti (Politecnico di Milano, IT), Inge Vleemingh (Wageningen UR, NL), Thomas Dieben (KRFT, NL), Dario Musolino and Francesca Canti (CERTeT – Università Bocconi, IT), Giulia Pesaro (Cooperate, DAStU – Politecnico di Milano, IT), Michiel Van Iersel (Non-Fiction/Failed Architecture, NL); Valentina Paruzzi (Curlitude, IT).
The activities of the workshop are accompanied by three evening sessions open to the public on the main themes of New Farms for EXPO:
Of Metabolism: 24 June 2015, 21.00. Guests: Luigi Bistagnino (Politecnico di Torino, IT), Eric Frijters (.Fabric, NL), Jan Jongert (SuperUse Studios, NL).
ReAct!: 26 June 2015, 21.00. Guests: Paola Alfaro d’Alençon (TU Berlin, DE), Saskia Beer (Glamour Manifest, NL), Dominika Belanská and Boglárka Ivanegová (Pod Piramidou, SK), Isabella Inti (DAStU – Politecnico di Milano / TempoRiuso.net, IT), Carmelo Rodriguez (Estudio PKMN, ES), Ulrike Schartner (gaupenraub+/-, AT), Paola Sturla (Politecnico di Milano, IT).
Milan / Rotterdam – Urban Strategies, Brand, Architecture: 26 June, 17:30.
Institutional greeting by David P.M. de Waal (Consul General of the Netherlands in Milan, NL).Guests: Robbert Nesselaar (Rotterdam Partners, NL), Kees van Oorschot (City of Rotterdam, NL), Caterina Sarfatti (City of Milan, IT), Ada Lucia De Cesaris (Vice-mayor, City of Milan, IT), Paolo Mazzoleni (BEMaa / President Landscape Commission, City of Milan, IT), Jeroen Zuidgeest (MVRDV, NL).
In a second phase the results of the workshop will be gathered in a publication, a sort of manual of experimentation with new strategies of reuse for the city and its inhabitants.