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last updated: October 5, 2005


Sant'Ambrogio is located in the southern part of the city which traditionally has been the less industrially developed. This district is chronologically the most recent of the three we shall focus on, being built in 1965 and further in 1971-1972. This district represents a new way of viewing the relationship with the city, not any more a self sufficient area, creating closed spaces and dividing the districts into neighbouring sub-units, but a district connected to the city.

The planning underpinning idea was that a district had to be a 'piece' of the city. The area is highly connected with the city through public transports and the subway, not very extensive in the city, reaches this area. Commercial structures are rather on the external traffic routes to integrate the district with the urban community. Whether this idea resulted into a real integration towards the rest of the city or rather in some cases into a significant isolation or decay of the space is an issue we shall investigate.

The interesting contrast in the district is between social rented dwellings and an increasing number of middle-class owners. Next to this area new buildings, mostly privately owned, have been built in the last decade. It is interesting to observe the influences between the two areas mentioned above in order to question the new shape of this district. The Hospital San Paolo is the one of the scientific university poles representing an element of attraction of this district together with the private University IULM comprehending faculties such as international relations, fashion management and foreign languages.