The Milan metropolitan context is a difficult case for study and planning today for at least two reasons. The first is that it is defined as a large urban area which comprises a modern and contemporary city. The second is the strength and also the current inadequacy of its stereotyped form, based on the radial configuration of ancient and modern cities but no longer of contemporary cities. It seems necessary to identify a unified image, to construct a scenario on the basis of what has happened in the past and of the processes of change in progress. It must be used for consultation, informing and anticipation in planning, but without any ‘totalitarian’ attitudes, seeking positions of intelligent compromise with reality and not offering ‘solutions’ but rather to show clear ‘possibilities’, that all may use to construct a plan.
Keywords: Urban territory; large scale; Milan