AN URBAN REGENERATION PROCESS: GIVE FACES TO A CHANGE
OCTOBER 2017 | 155 PORTRAITS
Contemporary societies are identified by a shift from manufacturing industries towards the “creative economies”. So has done Milan, Italy’s creative capital. However, in this relentless change, stories of human beings are often overlooked.
We want to tell the story of an urban regeneration process and of the people behind it, by enhancing the historical memory of Milan’s former industrial area of Ansaldo (one of Italy's oldest and most important manufacturing companies producing steam locomotives, rail rolling stock and steam engines).
By portraying both old laborers and new creative professionals we want to promote inter-generational dialogue, sense of belonging, and community building. We aim at fostering the understanding of social, urban and economic transformations at a local and urban scale. We want to give faces to this change.
BASE Milano is the new space dedicated to innovation and cultural contamination, exploring art, creativity, enterprise, technology and welfare across 6.000 m2 dedicated to co-working, workshops, exhibitions, shows and lectures. During the Summer/Fall 2017 BASE is undertaking huge renovation works in order to expand and reach 12.000 m2.
BASE is creative and community hub whose objective is to innovate the relation between culture and business, future and everyday life, between democracy, well-being and knowledge economy, between social innovation and development. We are driven by culture – a public asset as well as an engine for individual and collective socio-economic progress – and believe that by redefining it as a catalyst for transformation we can foster a society capable of offering contemporary answers to old and new questions.
The Ansaldo complex, which dates back to 1904, it is located in the heart of Zona Tortona, nowadays the reference point of design and fashion for the city of Milan and Italy. The original structure of Ansaldo industrial complex covers 70.000 square meters. In the ‘90s Milan City Council bought the area to promote and spread cultural initiatives. Today the complex hosts the Teatro alla Scala workshops, the Museum of Cultures (MUDEC) designed by David Chipperfield, and BASE Milano.
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