Carlo Ratti Associati, the Italian innovation and design firm has put on the table a new approach to the traditional university court or cloister to create the new Science Campus for the University of Milan featuring maker spaces and parametric brick facades assembled by robots.
Milan’s largest university will be moving its scientific disciplines from the Citta Studi area in eastern Milan to the new campus in MIND. When complete the Campus will host more than 18,000 students and almost 2,000 researchers.
CRA’s design for campus is based on some fundamental principles, such as the courts, the idea of a common ground, the parametric bricks, open university, and the harmony between city and nature.
“The modern university campus was developed in Italy around the year 1000. Its principles have kept informing the design of higher education spaces for over a millennium now — from the Oxbridge colleges to the French Grandes Ecoles to the contemporary American campuses,” says Carlo Ratti, founding partner at CRA and director of the MIT Senseable City Lab. “However, today MOOCs learning by making, continuous education and so on demand a fundamental rethinking of the architecture of the university — fostering more interactions both inside the community and outside it (‘town and gown’). This challenge is what inspired us in developing the design for the new campus for one of the world’s greatest universities,” he adds.