Pardy Cities ep.5: From Warsaw to Milan

Since 2012, Milan has developed and adopted a range of plans across the following policy areas: urban development; sustainable mobility; energy efficiency; the sharing economy; and smart cities.

Milan is a city in northern Italy, capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city proper in Italy after Rome. The city proper has a population of about 1.4 million while its metropolitan city has 3.26 million inhabitants. Its continuously built-up urban area, that stretches well beyond the boundaries of the administrative metropolitan city, is the fourth largest in the EU with 5.27 million inhabitants.

The Milan’s idea

Milan considers the idea of a smart city not as technology-driven, but centred on its citizens. Smart city for Milan covers smart mobility, a smart environment, smart inclusion and citizenship. This sets out a bold agenda, which sees the re-orientation of demand for transport services; the standardisation of payment technologies and methods; and the adoption of a range of energy efficiency solutions.

Milan’s smart city plan sets out how the new sectors of the city economy should be developed to ensure economic vitality and competitiveness, and how these sectors can be enhanced via networks, resources and partnerships in Europe and across the world.

In the City of Milan, ambitious objectives for deep renovation of social housing in consultation with residents has led to successful retrofitting, complete with insulation of building envelopes, resulting in a 70% reduction in energy needs and greater comfort inside dwellings.

This was achieved through tailored technology packages including integration of low-carbon energy sources, physical modernisation, digital controls and comfort monitoring. New approaches to co-design processes and citizen engagement allowed for digital availability of consumption and environmental data collected through smart monitoring systems.

E-bikes have been added to Milan’s BikeMi regular bike scheme, as part of a citywide e-mobility strategy to reduce car ownership. The scheme’s success means that the city now plans to extend it more widely. It is also launching e-bikes with child seats to provide improved access for families.

And runners??? If you want run in Milan, one of the best place is Parco Sempione a large city park. Established in 1888, it has an overall area of 38.6 hectares (95 acres), and it is located in the historic centre of the city, inside the Zone 1 administrative division.

The park is adjacent to the gardens of the Sforza Castle and to the Arch of Peace, two of the main landmarks of Milan. The very design of the park, due to architect Emilio Alemagna, was conceived with the intent of creating panoramic views encompassing both monuments.

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