Milan, IT is preparing
Claiming to be “the world’s first neighborhood planned for self-driving cars”, MIT professor and architect Carlo Ratti’s winning masterplan for the 2015 Milan World Expo site represents a major milestone in how cities are thinking about autonomous vehicles. The reenvisioned site will serve as a science and technology innovation campus, with 10 million square feet of offices, research centers, universities, residences and cultural spaces, as well as areas for urban agriculture. The plan calls for phasing in restrictions on human-driven vehicles throughout the new district, beginning with the 1.5km-long Decumanus mall, the site’s central pedestrian spine. The project will be developed in partnership between Australia’s LandLease and Arexpo, a publicly-owned corporation that controls the Expo site.