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expo 2015. feeding the planet, energy of the future

expo 2015. feeding the planet, energy of the future

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Project

Architecture Advisory Board (Stefano Boeri, Richard Burdett, Jacques Herzog, William MacDonough)

Location

Milan, Italy

Year

2009

Client

Expo 2015 S.p.A. per BIE (Bureau International des Expositions)

Commission

Concept masterplan

Surface

1.000.000 sqm

Credits

Consulta di Architettura composta da: Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti), Jacques Herzog (Herzog & de Meuron), Ricky Burdett (London School of Economics), William McDonough (William McDonough + Partners)
Consulenti: Carlo Petrini (fondatore di Slow Food); Diap - Politecnico di Milano: Multiplicity.lab: Maddalena Bregani, Salvatore Porcaro, Alessandra Dall’Angelo, Michela Bassanelli; Facoltà di Agraria - Università degli Studi di Milano: Claudia Sorlini (Preside), Stefano Bocchi, Giacomo Elisa, Natalia Fumagalli, Claudio Gandolfi, Alessandro Toccolini; e con Giovanna Sanesi, Giacomo Altamura, Stefano Gomarasca, Andrea Porro, Roberto Spigarolo

Nutrition and food sovereignty and the related imbalances in the distribution of food and in the ownership of seeds are the major themes of investigation and deepening activated by Expo 2015. On these important bases Stefano Boeri Architetti and the Architecture Advisory Board have hypothesized and developed the realization of an exhibition platform with unprecedented characteristics, where to deal with similar issues compared to a multiplicity of local levels, starting from the territory where the Expo takes place: the city of Milan. Not a sequence of pavilions and commercial products, but rather a place capable of condensing the profound meaning of the great and inescapable challenge that the Planet is today called to face.

The Universal Exposition of Milan is thus imagined within a large Planetary Garden: a portion of specific and local space reinterpreted as a land given to agricultural crops and to the agro-food traditions of the world. Thus the prototype of a new landscape is set up, able to spread around the cities around the globe, fueled by a varied and cosmopolitan agriculture, yet rooted in local conditions: a new generation agriculture that also represents a component essential for the evolved model of social and economic development. In addition to a site of great attractiveness and cultural density, the Planetary Garden proposes itself as a real territorial device, able to innervate and set up various local production chains.