Milan – Macao


Source: Like a Local
Location Milan
Name Macao
Community Level Street / Neighborhood
Sector Urban, Cultural and Artistic Regeneration
Year of beginning 2012
People involved The Macao Collective, now gathering more than 1.800 members
Who started the initiative (NGO, public administration, association) Active Citizens
Object 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.

Field Urban
Source Giorgio Fontana, “Il collettivo Macao sfida la politica per ripensare Milano”. Internazionale, 2017



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Added: 8.06.18