Milan – Macao

Viale Molise, 68, 20137 Milano MI, Italy


Source: Like a Local
Country Italy
City Milan
Name Macao
Year of beginning 2012
Description The Macao group started to form in 2012, with the occupation of the Torre Galfa building in Milan. This occupation marks the beginning of a movement of occupation of abandoned buildings in Milan that carries a symbolic and political message. Since the beginning, Macao activists have struggled to propose a new vision for the organization of the city. The occupation is in itself symbolic because it underlines the will to refuse real estate speculations and real estate market logics, bringing citizens’ needs, arts, culture, and politics to the forefront. It is later in 2012 that Macao occupied the building where it established its headquarters until today. An ex market for the slaughterhouse, the building in Viale Molise has been restored and it is allowing Macao to improve the cultural and artistic offer of the City of Milan and to also show that another management and another purpose for abandoned buildings is possible.  During the past 5 years of activity, Macao has hosted concerts, laboratories, literary festivals, theatre events, movie screenings and political gatherings. It has founded a magazine, hosted exhibitions, promoted workshops and seminars and cooperated with local organizations and universities.

Macao also works with a completely horizontal governance model, refusing to adopt any hierarchic structure and fostering participatory organizational principles.

Urban Co-Governance Moderate
Enabling State Moderate
Pooling Moderate
Experimentalism Weak
Tech Justice Weak
References, sources, contact person(s) Giorgio Fontana, “Il collettivo Macao sfida la politica per ripensare Milano”. Internazionale, 2017

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Added: 8.06.18