The Concept Masterplan bases itself on two design issues, accessibility/modality and city real estate development. They are, on one hand, part of the recent airport development plan submitted by the SEA to ENAC, and on the other, part of the strategies developed by the same SEA for Linate’s modernisation and upscaling as an “Airport City”. Furthermore, they are keeping with the role called for within the National Airport Network Study developed by One Works for the Civil Aviation Authority.
In order to clarify the Masterplan’s scope of influence, in relation to SEA’s programming needs, the two closely interconnected themes were subject to a preliminary investigation. The study delineates a first schematic layout identifying the main elements on which to base the airport’s overhaul. The two themes, in fact, lie within a framework of objectives, programs and levels of elemental information, placed at different maturation stages and with different possible development speeds by virtue of their relation to feasibility factors and distinct objectives.
For this reason, two study phases have been scheduled considering implementation timing differences related to diverse availability of areas subject to transformation, and a schematic outlining of the changes that will affect three principle design issues. Transformations will interest firstly the passenger terminal and adjacent areas, secondly the road and path system, including pedestrian crossings and pathways along the airport’s margins that service both Linate and new transformation areas in general, lastly the greenery as a territorial interconnectivity element.
The Forlanini airport’s modernisation framework moves on a territorial scale within one of the most important Milanese urban regeneration context. The highly anthropic district on the city outskirts, today, is at the same time fully immersed in the green landscape of both the Forlanini and Idroscalo Park. These two incredible presences bring forth potentials and opportunities, which dictate this complex infrastructure’s adaption, aiming to govern the changes in an organic, harmonious, and timely manner.
Linate, therefore, more and more adherent to its role as a City Airport, can become, on a larger scale, part of a territorial “mending” program that foreshadows a continuous park system and natural landscape. An uninterrupted “green line” that runs through the airport compound, manifesting itself in different ways in diverse situations, connects two major urban parks, Forlanini Park and Idroscalo.
This continuous ideal green line could unite and define new areas of transformation, distinguishing them from the airport functions. The green landscape is an instrument, which maps out the pedestrian and cycle paths alongside the Idroscalo banks, going parallel to the airport ground roads, continuing over the passenger terminal’s roof terrace down to the departures curbside, meeting up with Viale Forlanini becoming Corso XXII Marzo, until entering Milan’s historical center.