The four GIS-based maps show the density of Milan’s population, urban services, public transport and tree cover.
The population density map shows a phenomenon of interest for all the local administrations concerned: Milan no longer coincides with its historic centre but is a much wider and ecologically differentiated area.
To the north, Milan is visibly intensely populated. Urbanisation is historically linked to the area’s characteristics, with major water-related infrastructure and favourable microclimate determined by its position immediately south of the foothills of the Alps. Add to this an extensive road network, and the widespread industrial and urban development of “North Milan” over the last fifty years becomes fully understandable.
In contrast, the territory south of the city lies in the lowlands of the Po valley plain. A more complex...