From May 1 to October 31 2015, Milan hosts a world’s fair with the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” The universal, non-commercial exposition, EXPO Milano 2015, will focus on sustainability and nutrition. It will encourage the 29-million expected visitors and industry professionals from over 140 countries to generate a dialogue about the earth’s non-renewable resources and food security.
Through a series of events, shows, conferences and meetings, the Expo will drive participants to contemplate how current actions impact the future of Earth. There will be four thematic areas in the exhibit: Future Food District, Children’s Park, Biodiversity Park and Art & Food.
The exhibition site consists of one million square meters designed by world-renowned architects Stefano Boeri, Ricky Burdett and Jacques Herzog, with structural highlights including the fantastical man-made water pond, a futuristic looking Italian pavilion and an open-air theater with a canopy made entirely of solar panels. The area is devised to resemble an island, with canals completely surrounding the site.
The U.S. Pavilion plans to incorporate the use of new interactive technologies to showcase various American industries. The initiative is entitled ‘American Food 2.0.’ In the official press release founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center, Dorothy Cann Hamilton said:
“Americans are innovative and entrepreneurial – and through ‘American Food 2.0,’ we aim to showcase the incredible diversity that our food community brings to the global table today, not only through our trend-setting chefs and culinary innovators, but applying American innovation and ingenuity to address the critical issues we all face as a global community – food security, nutrition, quality, safety, and sustainability.”