The slaughterhouses area in the city East will host the largest social housing project ever done in Italy. The idea of the «Aria» masterplan, a half billion euro investment signed by Redo fund, is to shape a mixed-use, carbon-negative neighborhood, through the the massive use of photovoltaics and reuse of existing buildings, dating the Liberty era of the early 1900s. Two large pavilions will be transformed by architect Cino Zucchi into the new campus of IED –Istituto Europeo di Design.
This is what Corriere della Sera reports in its article on the project that won of the Reinventing Cities competition for the 15 hectares of the long-abandoned meat district, an immense expanse viale Molise and via Lombroso. In five years, in time for the Olympic Games, a new district will be born for 15,000 residents and city users. The focus is entirely on subsidized housing: 800 apartments for rent at less than €500 per month, and another 400 for sale for under €2,500 euros per square meter. A student dorm will also be built with 600 beds. "We are talking about something for which the city has been waiting for years: a project that combines the quality of the intervention and attention to the environment", commented mayor Beppe Sala, saying: "It demonstrates how Milano can regenerate itself starting from its history, with projects capable of to combine past and future and this is one of those. The area of Old Meat Market will also host a scientific museum, a cultural center and a crafts training center. A system of squares straddling Via Lombroso will border a park of 30,000 square meters, with 2,000 trees.