October 30 2013

The Italian Rush: Does Noise Define the Milaneze Lifestyle?

Like all Italian cities, Milan is defined by its urban structure and habits of its citizens.

As a resident of the city, it is easy to monitor the pattern of urban life. In the morning, side street bars are characterized by the rush of those drinking espresso before going to work, while the evening is driven by the traffic congestion and the anxious Vespa and car drivers who abusively honk their horns. The diverse means of public transportation (metro, buses, trains, and trams) complete the soundtrack of the city.

Rush hour, Milan, Italy, traffic

The urban design structure of the city itself seems to be in a race for change. The city is constantly altered due to the implementation of new architectural and urban projects like University of BocconiPorta Garibaldi and Bosco Verticale. As a consequence, new focal points of economic and social attraction emerge in different areas.

As an economic center, Milan is also well known for being a city driven by the design and fashion industries. During the annual events of Fashion Week and FuoriSalone, the streets transform in social hubs by hosting exhibitions in public spaces, changing the density of visitors across the city.

Piazza Duomo, Milan, Italy

It seems that the constant motion of the urban life is illustrated in the layout of Milan’s urban and economic structure. However, should we consider the vibrant lifestyle as a consequence of its service layers?

In your opinion, is the urban life defined by the rush of its economic power?

Credits: Photographs by Alexandra Serbana and linked to sources. Data linked to sources.

Alexandra Serbana

Because of her strong background in Urban Planning and Design, from her bachelor’s at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra decided to pursue planning from the perspective of policy and decision-making. She is passionate about traveling and experimenting with new cities, and moved to Milan, Italy where she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Urban Planning, Policy, and Design at Politecnico di Milano. The experience of working and living in the multicultural city of Milan has sparked her interest in the reaction of urban places to new real-estate developments, as well as conflict resolution for urban design projects that reorganize urban city life. She hopes to make an improvement on the way cities deal with physical urban changes and their effect on the quality of social and environmental life.

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