Michele de Lucchi, Master of the Contemporary

Milan is currently hosting Expo 2015 that gives Italy the opportunity to rethink its
geopolitical role in a field that is highly appreciated abroad: the food processing industry.
In fact in the field of nutrition Italy is a great power and the theme “ feeding the planet, energy
for life” is a perfect subject for a country that encounters difficulties to get out of the current
recession. But what is an Expo?

The Milan Expo follows quite literally the BIE (bureau international des expositions) prescription “An Expo is a global event that aims at educating the public, sharing innovation, promoting progress and fostering cooperation. It is organized by a host country that invites other countries, companies, international organisations, the private sector, the civil society and the general public to participate.
Due to the diversity of their participants, from top decision makers to children, Expos oer a multifaceted event where extraordinary exhibitions, diplomatic encounters, business meetings, public debates and live shows take place at the same time.”
Expo aims to be the representation of the highest-reached levels
of development in the chosen theme: for Expo 2015 it would be
the food processing industry opening up for the agricultural sector
in the eld of sustainable development, common well-being and
the ght against hunger. Once the event is over, it will also leave a
charter with guidelines for action to be taken at the global level as its lasting legacy: e Milan Charter (www.carta.milano.it) e expo theme attracts interest from all over the world as 144 countries and
3 international organizations demonstrate investing in a country like
Italy with a long stagnant economy.
Italian architect Michele De Lucchi has been involved in the
project with several dierent pavilions inside the master-plan by the
international committee of architects (Stefano Boeri, Ricky Burdett and
Jacques Herzog) and he decided to develop the sustainability theme 68 ahrcit uercet of the expo focusing on the relationship between man and nature.
In addition to the design the two introductory pavilions at
the north-west main gate, the Pavilion Zero and Expo Centre, he
has been developing the Intesa Sanpaolo Pavilion “Waterstone” as
well as the itinerant infopoint “Agorà”, the Unicredit pavilion at
Porta Nuova’s new development and dening the new exposition
space of one of the most important sculptures of Milan: the Pietà
Rondanini by Michelangelo. Pavilion Zero and Expo Centre are
designed as two fragments of the crust of the earth. Clad with
the same regular spruce boards they represent a kind of index of
the main themes of Expo.

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