The historic Odeon cinema in Milan is closing for its transformation into an experience center by 2024, with plans to retain some screening rooms and introduce retail, dining, and office spaces. Another example is the reopened former Maestoso cinema in Milan, now focusing on sports activities. In Rome, the second location of the Accademia Costume & Moda is being developed within the historic Mas warehouses. These initiatives illustrate the trend of repurposing existing structures for modern uses.
The Italian redevelopment scene is evolving with new players engaging in development and design, rejuvenating existing spaces to serve both citizens and city users. Notable projects include the inauguration of a new sector in Livorno with apartments and retail space, and the ongoing restoration of the monumental complex of Santa Maria del Popolo degli Incurabili in Naples, aimed at returning the site to its former role while opening it to the city.
Despite the innovative regeneration efforts, there are challenges due to constraints on historical preservation. A recent decision by the Superintendent’s Office has halted the demolition of Milan’s Meazza Stadium due to protected status, affecting the development plans for the San Siro district. Discussions around restoration and architecture have emerged, with differing viewpoints on how to approach heritage sites. These issues are prominent in contemporary architecture competitions, like the one for Bologna’s new justice complex involving delicate management of 52 existing buildings.