Martedì, 25 Settembre 2018

Milan Expo 2015 already looking to its legacy


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, June 28 - Milan's Expo 2015 might still be
two years away, but the next universal exposition is already
thinking about what it will leave behind when it closes its
The event is set to be a major lift for Milan and
recession-hit Italy as a whole, by providing a boost for the
economy, creating jobs and shining the spotlight on the local
business, culinary, cultural, natural and historic treasures.
But organizers do not want the six-month event to be a
glorious festival that leaves no tangible benefits behind after
the curtain comes down on October 31 2015 - as has sometimes
been the case with past events.
So the Expo 2015 people have already started work on the
event's legacy.
Earlier this month Arexpo S.p.A., the company that owns the
43 hectares of land Expo 2015 will be held on, launched a
consultative competition with several local authorities to get
ideas for the theme park that will emerge there afterwards.
The competition is open to members of the public,
especially students, as well as companies and other
organisations, who will be able to present their ideas until
September 10.
The projects will be analysed by the Arexpo committee that
is developing the masterplan for the renovation of the site
after the Expo and the best ones will be incorporated.
"The masterplan that Arexpo is preparing for after the
Universal Exposition will be enriched by the ideas and proposals
that arrive and we hope lots come from young people," said Milan
Mayor Giuliano Pisapia.
"Once the shutters on the global event are closed, the park
needs to be an element of excellence for the Milan of the
future, for the metropolitan city that will be created in the
coming years, the Smart City we are building.
"This is a smart, sustainable city that wants to be
competitive with the other big capitals of the global world".
One hypothesis for the post-Expo era is for some of the
event's pavilions to stay on and become permanent exhibition
"If it makes sense and is economically sustainable, then it
is possible that some of the Expo structures could be part of
the post-exposition situation," said Expo 2015 Commissioner
Giuseppe Sala.
"If some of the pavilions are unique pieces (for Expo) I
can see them staying in the theme park".
Expo 2015 is expected to attract over 20 millions of
visitors and to be a massive money spinner for Italy's business
Italy last hosted a world's fair in 1992 with a Christopher
Columbus-themed Expo in Genoa.
Expo 2015 is already close to hitting its target of having
130-140 countries sign up by the end of the year after the
Comoros Islands became the 129th earlier this month.
Of those, 57 have already signed participation contracts
for the Milan fair.
The theme of the Expo 2015, 'Feeding the Planet - Energy
for Life', centers on fighting famine and malnutrition worldwide
through sustainable development, global cooperation and new
Former American vice-president and Nobel Peace Laureate Al
Gore has endorsed the event, calling the theme "very solid" and
designed to have "zero (negative) environmental impact".

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