According to internet buzz, Milan is the city of the moment and the place to visit in 2015. In addition to this year's Fashion Week and Design Week, Milan will also be the host of one of the largest world fairs held since 1800: Expo 2015. One hundred and seventy-five countries are set to take part in this international fair, with 7,000 different events in the works. During Expo's six-month duration, Milan is prepared to receive up to 29 million tourists!
Expo will be open from May 1st until October 31st. The fair will be located in a northeastern portion of Milan, in an area attached to the city of Rho. The grounds themselves occupy an area of 1.5 million square meters and will be open everyday, from 9am-7pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 9am to 11pm Wednesday through Sunday. If you are interested in visiting, you can purchase tickets online.
The theme of the event is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." As such, Expo hopes to help visitors see food as both a source of human energy and a sensory experience. Expo also intends to plan an important role in the life of the city.
For example, the urban design of the site itself follows that of a Roman antic city. Inside, there is an individually-designed pavilion for each participating country. Overall, this theme is a great way of pulling together Italy's most noteworthy and attractive characteristics: a rich history and unique lifestyle.
Expo 2015's projects and programs are as follows:
- We-Women for Expo explores the relationship between nutrition and femininity. Women from participating countries will be invited to express their views regarding the issues of sustainability and nourishment in light of their different cultures.
- Short Food Movie – Feed your mind, Film your Planet aims to involve visitors from around the world in creating a short video on the themes of Expo 2015.
- Expo Laboratory is an educational project that brings together some of the most well-respected opinions in sustainability research. The event is aimed towards students, public, and government bodies.
- School Project will place education at the heart of Expo 2015, considering the important role schools play in developing nutrition education. In line with this project, Childrenshare is an interactive activity whereby children can learn different eating customs, and adults can share their ideas about the experience.
- E015 Digital Ecosystem is a project that offers all companies, organizations, and public or private associations the opportunity to develop innovative solutions. Particularly, they can share data/services concerning transportation, hospitality, tourism, culture, and entertainment.
- Made of Italians is a program addressed to Italians residing abroad as well as to foreign citizens of Italian origin. It offers these citizens a chance to visit their land of origin for the first time (or as return visitors) as Italy plays host to a major world event.
- Feeding Knowledge and the Best Practices aims to create a network of experts focused on researching, innovation, and sharing knowledge related to food security. This program will also seek to identify policies and programs that promote sustainable development.
- WAME (World Access to Modern Energy) aims to increase public awareness of the fact that a large portion of the world's population is denied adequate access to energy. The program will also explore the consequences of this unequal distribution.
These programs have produced great expectations for Expo 2015 and the improvements the event may bring to the world's urban systems. It is also a great excuse to pack your bags and visit Milan!
What do you think should change after this international event? Have you ever attended an Expo and if so, when and where? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.
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