Well-being, greenery, and active mobility

Urban design proposals for a network of proximity hubs along the new M4 metro line in Milan

Keywords: Masterplanning, Salutogenic-City, Green Infrastructures


The paper summarizes the results obtained from the action research conducted at Politecnico di Milano (2018-2020) for Milan Municipality and MM4 SpA. It is a Masterplan for reorganizing areas and public spaces along the new M4 metro line route.

The paper aims to highlight the positive effects that planning at various scales brings to the city in terms of new green areas, new spaces for inhabitants and users, and new routes to get around the city. The three concerns are at the basis of a conscious process of improvement of living conditions in the major urban areas worldwide, which are increasingly characterized not only by climate, environmental and social inclusion problems but also by health problems. Without disturbing the pandemic issue, important urban matters must be addressed from an urban health perspective to support the prevention of chronic degenerative diseases. Policies for the re-greening of the city and the extension of slow mobility routes help in this task. The paper shows how these strategic actions can be adapted to the dense and stratified fabric of Milan city to achieve and boost a model of a healthy, active, and sustainable city.


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Author Biographies

Marika Fior, Sapienza Università di Roma

Urban Planner, PhD in Territorial Government, Assistant Professor at Sapienza Università di Roma. She is involved in research with the Department of Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture. She is Executive Board Member of the Italian Association of Historic and Artistic Centers.

Paolo Galuzzi, Department of Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome, Italy

Architect, PhD, Full Professor at Sapienza Università di Roma. He is involved in research with the Department of Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture. He is member of the National Institute of Urban Planning and Director of Urbanistica Journal.

Piergiorgio Vitillo, Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering

Architect, PhD, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Building Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano. He is involved in research with the Department of Architecture, Building Engineering and Building Environment. He is member of the National Institute of Urban Planning and of the editorial board of Urbanistica Journal.


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How to Cite
FiorM., GaluzziP., & VitilloP. (2022). Well-being, greenery, and active mobility. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 17-30. https://doi.org/10.6093/1970-9870/8650
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