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June 15 2015

Welcome to Milan’s World Fair 2015: Big Expectations and First Impressions

June 15th, 2015Posted by 

Milan’s Expo 2015 has been put under a lot of pressure over the course of the past few months. From the big question of whether or not it would be completed on time, to the protest that devastated the city of Milan, everyone had great expectations for how the Expo would look when it finally opened. I can say […]

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May 11 2015

Milan Devastated: “No Expo” Protests Terrorize the Opening of 2015 World’s Fair

May 11th, 2015Posted by 

After months of preparation and advertising, the big day finally arrived: May 1st marked the grand opening of Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy. Unfortunately, the event became an unexpected horror movie scene. Over the last couple of months there have been a lot of rumors that the “No Expo” group would potentially protest Expo 2015 on its […]

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April 29 2015

Pick your Milan Design Week 2015: Which Exhibition Area Best Expresses You?

April 29th, 2015Posted by 

2015 is an important year for Milan, Italy. Expo 2015 is attracting a lot of international attention, as time is ticking down to the great event. But even without Expo taking place, Milan is still a focal point during this time of year due to its prestigious Design Week. The International Furniture Fair, better known as […]

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April 13 2015

Expo’s Gate is Full of Programs But Architecture Fails to Impress Milan

April 13th, 2015Posted by 

“Expo Gate: Milan’s Gateway to the Expo” is the slogan you can find on the Expo 2015 webpage describing the exhibition’s entryway. The structure is located in Via Beltrami, in the city center of Milan, in front of the Castello Sforzesco. It connects the castle, which was the epicenter of the 1906 Universal Exhibition, and […]

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March 30 2015

Work in Progress: Presenting Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015 Master Plan

March 30th, 2015Posted by 

The Expo 2015 building site is approximately an area of 1 million square meters. The project was entrusted to a group of designers supported by internationally renowned architects, including Stefano Boeri, Ricky Burdett and Jacques Herzog. The design of the new development follows the footprint of the ancient Roman city. It revolves around two orthogonal axes: the Decumano and […]

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March 16 2015

Short-term Apartment Rentals Soar in Preparation of Milan, Italy’s Expo 2015

March 16th, 2015Posted by 

The countdown to Expo 2015 has started, and the international community has its eyes on Milan. It seems like the entire city is preparing to take advantage of this great economic opportunity and keep up with the unfolding events. Expo puts Milan under a lot of pressure. The city must have systems in place to withstand the international […]

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March 02 2015

The Year of Milan, Italy? Starting the Countdown to Expo 2015

March 2nd, 2015Posted by 

According to internet buzz, Milan is the city of the moment and the place to visit in 2015. In addition to this year’s Fashion Week and Design Week, Milan will also be the host of one of the largest world fairs held since 1800: Expo 2015. One hundred and seventy-five countries are set to take part in this international fair, with 7,000 different […]

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February 16 2015

Milan, Italy Ranks 41 in the World According to Mercer’s Quality of Life Index

February 16th, 2015Posted by 

Leadership, as we speak about it, comes in many different forms. Often, leadership involves mapping out the future of an organization. An effective leader creates an inspiring vision of the future, motivating and inspiring others to participate. But how can a city be a leader? What would be the qualities of this leading city, and how would we […]

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February 02 2015

Numerous Car-Sharing – Even Electric! – Programs Now Available in Milan, Italy

February 2nd, 2015Posted by 

One of the most consistent struggles of modern cities is providing sustainable and efficient urban mobility. To do so, a city must have an integrated approach to planning that considers all forms of transportation, both within the city and surrounding areas. According to European Union policies, sustainable urban mobility measures should seek to ensure that all […]

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January 19 2015

Milan’s Vimercate Energy Park Serves as an Example for Renewable Energy

January 19th, 2015Posted by 

Alternative energy seeks to provide an answer to the world’s energy problem, particularly as it relates to global warming. Due to climate change, population growth, and fossil fuel depletion, alternative energies have a critical role to play in providing solutions for a more sustainable future. The term “alternative energy” is used in contrast with the term […]

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January 08 2015

A Tale of Two Cities: Turin and Milan, Italy’s Agenda for Urban Innovation

January 8th, 2015Posted by 

Urban innovation is a term that has swept several major Italian cities, among others around the world. The term refers to a city’s ability to reinvent itself by proposing a framework of new projects. The concept has come to dominate all strategic planning in places that need to reevaluate their functionality and promote their image. […]

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December 05 2014

Reinventing Industrial Milan: Old Factories Brought Back to Life in a Cultural Context

December 5th, 2014Posted by 

Milan is a city with a strong industrial background that is an economically influential business, financial, and design center in Europe and beyond. By the late 12th century, Milan was one of Italy’s most wealthy and industrious hubs due to its large production of armour and wool that increased the Lombary region’s wealth. During the Renaissance era, Milan […]

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November 03 2014

“Tunnels, Towers & Temples: London’s 100 Strangest Places” Book Review

November 3rd, 2014Posted by 

Henry James wrote “London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy … it is only magnificent.” David Long found it appropriate to cite this quote in the introduction of his book Tunnels, Towers, and Temples. After visiting London, I can say that I find it rings true, and even […]

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October 23 2014

A Farewell to The Grid from Alexandra Serbana in Milan, Italy

October 23rd, 2014Posted by 

It’s been more than a year since I started writing for The Grid, three years since I moved to Milan, and one year since I finally started living the true Milanese life. Attending university at Politecnico di Milano and living on campus with all my international friends gave me a rather limited view of what this city is […]

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September 24 2014

Milan’s Public Transportation Initiatives Work to Move 10,000 Students Annually

September 24th, 2014Posted by 

When it comes to education, Milan is one of Italy’s international student hubs. Being home to universities with high international ranks for fashion, design, engineering, and architecture, the city attracts more than 10,000 young people from countries all over the world every year. One of the most crucial issues when you are a student is transportation. Unless you’re living on […]

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September 15 2014

Milan on Water: Navigli, the Planning Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci

September 15th, 2014Posted by 

The term “naviglio” is the Italian term for “canal.” Therefore, “Navigli” the plural of “naviglio,” is the name for the artificial canals of Milan. They were built between 1179 (Naviglio Grande) and the 16th century (Naviglio Martesana) with the purpose of making Milan accessible from the Ticino and Adda rivers. These routes were not only used for […]

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August 25 2014

The Magical Shopping Experience and Improvised Street Art of Milan, Italy

August 25th, 2014Posted by 

Have you ever walked along the streets of a city and had a song playing in your head? Italian cities, with their impressive architecture and noisy lifestyle, inspire music above all else. The cities’ streets, buildings, cathedrals, and little squares all play a part of the urban soundtrack of each city. Even though Milan is not the typical […]

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August 18 2014

Expo 2015: Making or Breaking the City of Milan, Italy?

August 18th, 2014Posted by 

Milan, Italy has been chosen to host the Universal Exhibition in 2015. Expo 2015 will take place from May 1, 2015 until October 31, 2015, and is set to draw millions of visitors from Italy and all over the world. The event provides a showcase for important urban development and job opportunities. It also focuses on fundamental issues […]

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July 28 2014

Milan’s Zaha Hadid “City Life” Project Lacks Cultural Authenticity & Inclusiveness

July 28th, 2014Posted by 

Even if architects and urban planners occasionally get wrapped up in their own ideas, the city is and has to be built for its citizens. In other words, the city belongs to the people and it’s design should reflect the comfort and desires of those who live in it. And where planners can’t find a […]

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July 14 2014

Milan’s City of Business: Urban Planning in Economic Form

July 14th, 2014Posted by 

It is both impressive and beautiful to understand the evolution of Milan, simply by looking at its skyline. Like any other Italian city, even if it may not be as pronounced as it is in Rome or Venice, Milan has a central core pattern of architecture. It’s due to the historic background of the city […]

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