The Integrated Action Plan (PII) for Rozzano is designed to participate in the redevelopment of unused, underused and low-quality areas along the axis of Via Manzoni, which has taken on ever-greater territorial importance, especially in the last few years. Connecting Milan, Rozzano and Basiglio, it constitutes a continuous prolongation not only of the road connections between the city and the hinterland but also of the built-up area. The developments along it include some key episodes in Milanese urban planning with public housing projects located too far from the city, private building sadly typical of an era, and shopping malls capable of upstaging many central areas, like Rozzano, impoverished and devoid of any particular meaning. The section along Via Manzoni is a succession of industrial, commercial and disused areas, including the one addressed by the Integrated Action Plan.
On the corner with Via Brodolini, the area was occupied by a dense wood made up of trees and bushes planted in the 1950s but never pruned and left to grow wild. Already earmarked for construction by the existing urban-planning scheme, the area is reconsidered with a view to greater dialogue not with the existing city, which is weak in the expression of quality, but with the city one would like to expect along the road. Unbalanced by the presence of the shopping mall in the north and the Humanitas hospital complex in the south, Via Manzoni has the potentiality to become a road of quality services, both public and private, so as to enrich an economic and urban fabric that is very weak but crossed by more than considerable flows and forming part of the major territorial axis between Milan and Basiglio through Rozzano.
Given the need to eliminate the wood, the PII adopts a compensatory approach and reduces by nearly half the volume of construction provided for by the city planning scheme, which envisaged far more extensive building in the area, including very large industrial and commercial structures. Reducing this by nearly half, the PII engages in dialogue with the municipal and provincial authorities to identify areas of reforestation within the municipal territory amounting to approximately twice the area of woodland lost. It modifies the area’s functions and coverage ratios, recognizing on the front the possibility of constructing an initial sphere of private services, commercial and otherwise, and a second sphere of support for the Humanitas hospital complex in the shape of a residence and guest-quarters. To the rear, on the two remaining units, the project confirms the existing residential uses with provisions for moderate expansion in relation to the housing already constructed.
The PII thus participates in redevelopment of the territorial axis of Via Manzoni, making a substantial contribution in terms of public works with the restructuring of three crossroads, especially the main one towards the centre of Rozzano, the environmental restoration of the Pizzabrasa stream, which runs along the north side of the settlement, and redevelopment of an old industrial parking lot south of the area. The project is therefore conceived as an instrument for revaluation of an area capable of intense dialogue with the territorial role of the axis, transforming small-scale local uses into others of a more appropriate character so as to generate quality and intensity of interest along the road while adapting infrastructures and services at the same time and providing abundant compensation for the losses that construction in any case inflicts upon the existing environmental system.