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Municipality as a platform: the case of Manifattura Milano

Annibale D’Elia
Directorate Urban Economy and Labour, Municipality of Milan, Italy

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Published in: ServDes2018. Service Design Proof of Concept, Proceedings of the ServDes.2018 Conference, 18-20 June, Milano, Italy

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 150:59, p. 713-716

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Published: 2018-07-05

ISBN: 978-91-7685-237-8

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


The City of Milan, like other big cities on a global level, is experiencing the transition from the Third to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. After a process that in just a few decades has seen an industrial urban economy transform into a post-industrial economy based on services, the emerging paradigm of the Fourth Industrial Revolution leads the City of Milan to rethink its economies by bringing the material production of goods back to the center of their interests. To facilitate this transition, the Municipality of Milan has launched a multi-year program of urban policies that take the name of Manifattura Milano. It is an action aims to facilitate the formation of a new urban manufacturing community, to support the development of an open ecosystem of places and services for the materialization of goods, and to stimulate the integration of technological, social and design-driven innovation. Manifattura Milano thus becomes an action with which a Municipality puts itself at the service of a transformative process, transforming itself into an inclusive and enabling policy-for-making platform.


policy for making, Fourth Industrial Revolution, (new) urban manufacturing


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