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Aperture, improved connections, a new identity: these are the three aspects of internationalization which Torino wanted to address during the first 4 years of its activation of the Strategic Plan.

In response to the mobility needs of a community of two million inhabitants - the number of people living in the metropolitan area today - and of others, Italians and foreigners alike, who come to the city for study, work or tourism, Torino has drawn up a project to enlarge Caselle Airport and complete the high-velocity Torino-Milan and Torino-Lyons railway lines, in order to create an integrated national and international transportation system which can reduce distances and facilitate movements.When the high-velocity railway is completed (2009), only 50 minutes will separate Torino from Milan. This will have inevitable repercussions on the mobility of people, investments and companies, and attention will have to be paid to the potential synergy of policy regarding trade fairs and conventions, airport systems, health-care, residential opportunities, and cultural policies.

The Crossrail System will rationalize the roadway network and mass transport within the metropolitan area, creating an urban mobility network that includes the metro, line 4, the completion of Corso Marche as a railway and roadway junction, the upgrading of the historical downtown area and the new neighborhoods along the Spina development backbone, which are undergoing massive urban regeneration. The Crossrail System, which will shift train traffic to the Porta Susa station, also calls for a project involving the Porta Nuova-Lingotto axis, giving it a potential new role in regional transportation and freeing up land in the area that is now occupied by the train tracks. The high velocity Torino-Lyons railway, connections with Caselle Airport, and the route of the second metro line are not just tangles to be smoothed out, but opportunities for local growth. The second metro line could follow the north-south axis of the city, connecting Fiat Mirafiori to the rest of the urban system. Ongoing trends in the worldwide automobile system - delocalization of production and a concentration of activities requiring a high level of preparation - offer Mirafiori, the symbol of industrial Torino, the possibility of relaunching both its automotive sector and new functions.

Not only infrastructure connections, but intangible connections as well are helping to bring Torino to the fore on the international scene. To this end, the Olympics represent an unrivalled showcase. To improve the city’s image with public opinion abroad, in 2000 Torino activated a broad, diversified communications plan ranging from the foreign press to websites, from international trade fairs to guidebooks. Atrium Torino is a symbol and a synthesis of this effort. These two pavilions designed by Giugiaro were opened to the public on January 13, 2004 to illustrate urban transformation and the 2006 Olympics with a range of computerized instruments and a rich program of conference-like initiatives.

An articulated public relations program has successfully presented the city on the international scene. It is held that particular attention should be concentrated on Eastern Europe, Latin American and the Mediterranean basin. Bearing witness to Torino’s efforts, in 2004 the city was awarded the presidency of Euromed, the group of Eurocities that joins together the cities of the Mediterranean.

Link:

  • Atrium Torino - www.atriumtorino.it (en)
  • Eurocities - www.eurocities.org (en)
 
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