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Abitare a Milano | Cover </br>Planum. The Journal of Urbanism no.28, vol. 1/2014

Abitare a Milano / Living in Milan |
Special Issue in collaboration with MiCiAp MilanoCittàAperta +

From the end of the eighties newspapers have gone from black and white to extensive use of color. The presence of photographs is increased and photos accompanying the articles and recounting stories through images has become a common practice in journalism, even increasing in some scientific disciplines. We are encouraged by the visual communication to recognize images and photographs in all areas of daily life, up to the paradoxes of the web and virtual networks, where the images are the primary means to convey content, often at the cost of narrative and critical apparatus.
In this setting, the prospect of a digital magazine as Planum, is not so much to communicate through visual language, but rather to use the visual elements, and photography in particular, for the particular type of reading that are able to propose.
If for diagrams and graphical representations (analytical and planning) there is an established tradition, the use of photography, albeit with important exceptions, has had a less defined role, accompanying, often without a real narrative and interpretive value in urban studies . In this sense it raises the question of the method, the quality and significance of the photograph which it conveys.


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Planum has decided to host the online journal of photography MilanoCittàAperta  within our section ‘Journals’ because it cultivates and proposes usage of the photograph which is different from that of neutral support: that of reportage on the ground and in the folds of contemporaneity, the instrument through which a story and a vision is conveyed. Starting with the numbers 18 and 19 in MiCiAp dedicated to the theme of living, photographic services have been an opportunity to associate a written reflection with a visual story, offering two parallel readings, which intertwine and mingle, but they build a different dialogue.
We have chosen the reportage as a starting point, actually reversing the usual relationship between the two systems: the selected authors have been asked to start from a photo shoot as a stimulus to build a reflection. From the pictures we started to identify the issues, and the pictures will return to be “re-read” in the keys proposed by the authors of written texts. The proposal for the reader is twofold: what conjure up the images? And on the other hand, how to read the images through a reflection?

“Living in Milan” is constituted as a multi-faceted story that focuses on the individual narratives and demands at the same time the sense of an aggregate perspective. These dimensions are reflected in the two main issues addressed in this number.The first look demands to live what? Where to live? Inquiring about the physical locations of the city: the new urban transformations, the renewed season of interventions of public housing, the marginal areas of the territory and the border town between formal and informal. The second look is wondering about who lives? So on the fulfillment of these spaces to the different housing needs, customs, practices of life, but also offer in terms of services.
Finally, an additional path regards the manner through which to explore the area. The project shows a number of ways through which to read the processes and spaces; reportage, the shape of the story, the quantitative surveys and critical analyzes, provide an opportunity to compare the role of the narrator and that of the observer at the same time.

Shots of Abitare a Milano printed issue

• Editoriale / Editorial

Santa Giulia e le altre. Sguardo (e provvisorio bilancio) sulla Milano che cambia | Santa Giulia and the others. Glance (and temporary evaluation) on the changing Milan.
by Bertando Bonfantini
• Chi può ancora abitare a Milano? L'eredità di una lunga stagione di crescita urbana a leva immobiliare | Who can still live in Milan? The legacy of a long period of urban growth on the real estate leverage
by Rossana Torri

• Il sistema sanitario: volano di sviluppo urbano e opportunità per ripensare la città degli anziani? / The health system: flywheel of urban development and opportunity for rethinking the the city of the elderly?
by Antonietta Gerace

• Spazi urbani per l'edilizia sociale | Urban spaces for urban planning
by Francesco Infussi
Intorno allo spazio domestico. Tre interventi del concorso Abitare a Milano | Around the domestic space. Three interventions of "Abitare a Milano" competition.
by Antonella Bruzzese
La consistenza del patrimonio di edilizia pubblica a Milano. Criticità e prospettive | The consistency of the assets of public housing in Milan. Critical issues and perspectives
by Francesca Cognetti

Segregazione spaziale e forme di riconoscimento. Delle piste percorribili | Spatial segregations and forms of recognition. Possible directions
by Tommaso Vitale
• Scelte marcate | Marked choices
by Cristina Bianchetti e Angelo Sampieri
Abitare sradicato | Living uprooted
by Nausicaa Pezzoni

L'abitare temporaneo delle popolazioni urbane a Milano | The temporary living of urban populations in Milan
by Gabriele Pasqui

Storie di spazi collettivi | Stories of collective spaces
by Federico Zanfi, Gaia Caramellino, Bruno Bonomo, Filippo De Pieri
Case minime | Case minime
by Giovanni La Varra

• English abstracts

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Santa Giulia ora pro nobis </br>© Luca Rotondo, Milano, 2013 Last Home </br>© Luca Napoli, Milano, 2013 Casa verdi. Pianoforte con applicazione di un particolare delle 1000 lire stampate in onore di Giuseppe Verdi. </br>© Valentina Ghiringhelli, Piazza Michelangelo Buonarrotti 29, Milano 2012 Abitare Milano </br>© Thomas Pagani, Milano, 2013 Ex Campo Rom di Via Malaga </br>© Guido Maria Isolabella, Milano, 2013 Luna Park </br>© Giorgia Valli, Milano, 2013 Couchsurfer, Francesco, 35, Moncalieri, Italia. </br>© Michele Perletti, 2012 Abitare precario, Cristina, Julia e Piera </br>© Carla Sedini Spazi di Confine </br>© Viviana Falcomer, Milano, 2013 Portiere! Portiere! </br>Marisa, via Tortona © Beatrice Speranza, 2011-2014

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