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La Forgiatura: Rivitalization of an industrial brown site

Giuseppe Tortato | Milano Layout

Europa | Milano

Starting with the Nineties, Western Europe became the scene of profound economic, social and cultural change. Industrial reconversion led to production being relocated to other countries, which in turn led to a re-thinking of how we conceive and use our cities.

In many cases, the task of giving a new lease of life to areas abandoned by heavy industry and in search of a new identity has fallen to the creative and cultural sector. At best, however, while opening up new promise for the future, reconversion has not wholly swept away all vestiges of the past.

The inner and metropolitan areas of Milan are scattered with industrial enclaves. Some cover large swathes; others are more intricately woven into the urban fabric. Many districts have been given a new image and role on the back of courageous real-estate projects that have turned former industrial buildings into lofts,...

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