Fields of Potentials

Milan, Italy

Inverse Urbanism is a strategy that aims to address the post-expo without arbitrarily imposing the program; accepting the indeterminacy of the future of the area is essential to envision new scenarios. The goal is to create fields of potentials that like magnetic fields are able to attract quality investments and sustainable development.
A grid of paths, that follows the Expo structure of the Cardo and Decumano, overlaps with 5 defined areas where a variety of natural processes are activated. Those natural processes define through time 5 different ecosystems: forest ecosystem, wetland ecosystem, agriculture ecosystem, landfill ecosystem and vacant ecosystem.
The ecosystems and the grid weave a new urban fabric that doesn’t impose itself over the uncertain future of the area but generate a multitude of possible scenarios, where the program is linked to the sustainable exploitation of ecosystem services.
Inverse Urbanism propose a symbiotic city model where nature is not only seen as romantic neo-pastoral landscape nor as a mere ecological network but rather becomes integral part of a new system where city and nature are inseparably linked by mutual benefit and dependence.

EXPOST 2030, the ecosystems attract a variety of program.

A Flexible System that Frames the Development through Time. A. 2016 Traces, B. 2016 The framework: five ecosystems and the grid, C. 2020. Pilot projects to lead the urban process, . 2030. EXPOST, Possible Scenarios

The Ecosystems and the Grid are the Matrix to Actively Address Programmatic Indeterminacy and Generate a Range of Possible Future Scenarios: Wetland Ecosystem, Landfill Ecosystem, Agriculture Ecosystem, Forest Ecosystem, the Vacant Ecosystem, the Landfill Ecosystem