Cernusco sul Naviglio is a very liveable place, seemingly detached from the critical aspects that characterise most of the Milan area. The effects of real estate development in recent years have changed perception of the urban landscape and become a burden on local services. This has brought a decrease in the value of urban locations and compromised community equilibrium. The launch of Piano’s plan initially represented the opportunity and the means to reject how recent changes were occurring. Only later was it a means for reorienting development and restoring the town to its proper dimension. Finally, it was a way for thinking about a different kind of change, based on attributing a new signifi cance to existing resources, followed by a rearrangement into a limited number of new, controlled developments.
Keywords: Contextuality; change; scarce resources