As acknowledged by a recent Oecd report and by numerous studies on the competitive profiles of cities, one of the major weaknesses of Milan is its scarce ‘habitability’, due to the lack of governance on a regional scale. Following the enactment of Law No. 142/1990, which revived the subject of metropolitan areas in Italy, and at the time of the fi rst studies for the Provincial Territorial Co-ordination Plan, this essay proposes a model for the territorial organisation of the Milan metropolitan area able to combine economic development, protection of the environment and the reorganisation of infrastructures. A key point of the proposal is the reorganisation of the public and private mobility network in order to allow forms of ‘concentrated metropolitan decentralisation’ of services functions, in contrast with the uncontrolled spread of these in the province.
Keywords: Metropolitan area; infrastructure organisation; centrality