With the rapid growth and expansion of urban centres in the latter half of the 20th century, industrial sites, formerly located on the city's periphery, now find themselves encompassed by the ever expanding urban fabric of the city. Paralleling this growth has been a shift in the main economic drivers of the city from industrial production to service industries. Consequently, what were once vital elements of the city have gone fallow.
Milan, once the center of Italy's industrial region, is today Italy's leading financial center and a global center for fashion and design. Currently experiencing a boom of urban redevelopment, the city's post-industrial urban voids now provide exceptional opportunities for ambitious architectural and urban innovation.