Like all Italian cities, Milan is defined by its urban structure and habits of its citizens.
As a resident of the city, it is easy to monitor the pattern of urban life. In the morning, side street bars are characterized by the rush of those drinking espresso before going to work, while the evening is driven by the traffic congestion and the anxious Vespa and car drivers who abusively honk their horns. The diverse means of public transportation (metro, buses, trains, and trams) complete the soundtrack of the city.
The urban design structure of the city itself seems to be in a race for change. The city is constantly altered due to the implementation of new architectural and urban projects like University of Bocconi, Porta Garibaldi and Bosco Verticale. As a consequence, new focal points of economic and social attraction emerge in different areas.
As an economic center, Milan is also well known for being a city driven by the design and fashion industries. During the annual events of Fashion Week and FuoriSalone, the streets transform in social hubs by hosting exhibitions in public spaces, changing the density of visitors across the city.
It seems that the constant motion of the urban life is illustrated in the layout of Milan’s urban and economic structure. However, should we consider the vibrant lifestyle as a consequence of its service layers?
In your opinion, is the urban life defined by the rush of its economic power?
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