/what is mind?

MIND-Milan Innovation District is the EXPO2015 legacy project and aspires to become a lively city district fostering collaborative innovation and the experimentation of ahead-of-the-times lifestyles, to create social, cultural and economic growth and to serve people’s well-being, locally and globally.

  • MIND is a Public-Private Partnership between the public company, Arexpo, and the real estate developer, Lendlease.

  • MIND is the first District dedicated to Innovation and Life Science of this scale in Italy.

  • MIND is the city of the future, where a new approach to health, research, entrepreneurship, and education is piloted to test innovative solutions and policies.

  • MIND is a place where large enterprises collaborate with SMEs, start-ups and research institutes, driven by a “collaborate to compete” paradigm within the collaborative legal framework of the “Federated Innovation”.

  • MIND will foster inclusive growth and increases the number of new jobs opportunities in the Italian innovation landscape.

  • MIND will be a Net Zero district by 2025 and an Absolute Zero by 2040, being a front-runner in the decarbonization agenda for cities

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The city of Milan is hosting one of the 6 pilot projects of T-Factor
at MIND-Milano Innovation District.

The T-Factor pilot at MIND involves a Local Coalition
dedicated to the development of temporary spaces and uses for the district,
in which new ways of designing, planning, financing and governing successful regeneration processes are being tested, with the following objectives:

Mission 1


Create a vibrant research community
for the exchange and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

Mission 2


Promoting conscious and sustainable lifestyles
through knowledge and protection of urban biodiversity.

Mission 3


Building a shared identity for the district
and foster its accessibility through osmosis
between internal and local realities.

of t-factor at MIND

Years or even decades can pass between the approval
of a regeneration plan and its actual implementation.

During this period, temporary spaces and initiatives
of a cultural, social or entrepreneurial nature,
can become a critical asset for the city to establish
more inclusive and sustainable regeneration processes.

At MIND, T-Factor‘s pilot experiments with.
the creation of temporary initiatives, called meanwhile uses
to support the renewal of the area’s identity
toward the development of an open and collaborative innovation ecosystem.

Specifically, the experimentation revolves around
3 main temporary spaces and uses.

Life Science
Open Hub

A meeting place for universities,
companies and citizens, where art and science come together, creating experiences immersive in the world of health and personalized medicine.

WILD Garden

A garden-laboratory dedicated to the exploration of urban biodiversity,
in which experimental and educational activities will accompany the inhabitants of MIND and neighboring municipalities, in the enhancement of local natural resources.


A space for collaboration between MIND actors and local non-profits, where to propose and implement joint initiatives in a spirit of exchange and cross-pollination toward a gradual overcoming
of perceived barriers.


Mind local coalition

PlusValue is an advisory company operating out of London, Milan and Brussels helping the world’s leading brands and public bodies to establish new models for sustainable growth that work for everyone. PlusValue works with purpose-driven organisations that want to move towards a sustainable future, aligning public and private interests.

LAND is an international landscape consultancy with offices in Italy, Switzerland and Germany and with high-profile projects throughout Europe, Canada, Middle East and Russia. Andreas Kipar and a team of more than 100 landscape architects, architects, urban planners, agronomists, engineers & researchers have been transforming regions, cities and places since 1990.
The consulting and design practice of LAND Group is fed by the activities of LAND Research Lab® (LRL) which aims to improve people’s well-being through the implementation of climate-positive solutions, participative processes and data-driven sustainability assessment. We advise public and private clients on how to innovate with nature by applying international policies and promoting collaborative planning procedures. Together with our clients and our extensive network of partners, we unlock the potential of the green transition within our society.

The Department of Design is part of Politecnico di Milano Design System (fifth position in 2021 QS World University Rankings – Art and Design) and operates in unison with the School of Design and POLI.design. It has come to represent the largest design department in Italy, rivalling centres of excellence at the international level and it part of an extensive network of relationships. The department conducts research and provides training and consulting services in fields ranging from intangible design to the concrete artefacts that populate our world. In particular, it has a long-term expertise in delivering and evaluating design innovation and policies both through and for design, in managing innovation processes within private, public and third sectors from a strategic and organizational point of view, and in creating interactive interfaces and sense making of data experiences. 

Founded in 1924, the University of Milan is among the top Italian universities in terms of scientific production in the Shanghai, Taiwan and Leiden rankings. It is the Italian leader in the field of Biomedicine, as well as the only Italian university in the League of European Research Universities (LERU), of which it is a founding member.

Both a research and a teaching university, it stands out for its strong multi- and inter-disciplinary approach. The tight methodological and cultural connections between different, ever-developing academic fields create a stimulating study and work environment.

With 8 faculties and 2 schools, the University of Milan offers 141 degree programmes, as well as 32 PhD programmes, and 65 postgraduate programmes.


Pilot associates

ROLD is a mechatronics company.
In MIND, ROLD established its Innovation and Applied Research laboratory, called R-Lab, and the Rold Academy, which aims to foster life-long learning approach.

CoopeRho AltoMilanese is a consortium that, since 2004, represents a network of social cooperatives in the area of Rho and the northwest territory of Milan, in line with a mission and a series of initiatives that put the individual its community at the center.

Fondazione Triulza is the innovative network of main Italian third Sector and civil economy organizations, which currently operates in Cascina Triulza at MIND.

The Designtech is the design-focused technology innovation hub involving the furniture, architecture, construction and real estate sectors.

Wood*ing – wild food lab is a laboratory for research and experimentation dedicated to the use of wild food for human eating and nutrition.

Progetto Natura Onlus is a nonprofit association for biodiversity conservation, focused on harmonizing the relationship between man and nature.

Istituto di Istruzione Superiore “Vilfredo F. Pareto”

Verdepensile is a division of Harpo company focused on the development of systems and technologies for green roofs and roof gardens.



Bio material suppliers.


Association founded in Baranzate in 2010 to promote social, educational and training initiatives for young people and adults.


Real Estate Developer


Public Administration specialised in Urban Regeneration


Publishing editor


Platform to enhance innovation and technology transfer. 


Landscape Ecology consultants


Social enterprise focused on the study of  new methodologies to be applied to the restoration, conservation and enhancement of the Cultural Heritage.


Architect studio based in Milan. It aims to translate knowledge, design and architectural experience to its clients, providing a service of a high standard of quality and with a distinct style; RNA’s philosophy is based on knowledge of the past, analysis of the present and on the vision of the future.


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