The article describes the territorial zoning plan for the municipality of Cernusco sul Naviglio, a town of 30,000 inhabitants located east of Milan. The plan was developed between May 2008 and October 2010: a delicate period just as the economic and real estate market recession began. The plan was developed as a set of activities that were implemented in close connection with contextual conditions, not so much as an orderly, organised sequence but more as layers of simultaneous actions of both routine and experimental nature. The articles focus respectively on changes of perspective and method in project development following the economic crisis and consequent need to deal with limited resources; on the plan’s technical creation as a sequence of gradually defi ned practical and methodological choices.
Keywords: Territorial zoning plan; Cernusco sul Naviglio; experience and planning