CIVIL SOCIETY PAVILION
The Civil Society Pavilion is housed in a traditional farmstead in the outskirts of Milan which has been completely renovated on the occasion of EXPO 2015.
In the exhibition area, the exhibition Food cloud is an educational space putting at stage food and showing some of its most significant and surprising transformations and interactions. A cloud with 25 key-words expressed by objects and texts aims at providing food for thought on what is behind and inside what we eat.
After receiving information and food for thought from the exhibition, you will continue along a path that crosses different pavilions where everything will be either confirmed or proven wrong, with points of view, good practices, suggestions and in-depth analysis.
The German Pavilion is divided into two areas. The lower part is a large exhibition area, with six different thematic areas: water, soil, climate, biodiversity, food, fields of ideas, final show. Everything rotates around a small white paper through which the visitor can interact with some exposition stations.
The first area is water and it is subdivided in stations dealing with:
- How can we grant water supply?
- How can we preserve drinking water reserves?
- How can we monitor the quality of waters?
- How can we recover phosphor in wastewaters?
- How can we preserve alluvial forests?
WHAT TO DO IN THE GERMAN PAVILION
Answer the previous questions through pictures with captions.
The Swiss Pavilion is made up of different exhibition areas that can be freely visited and a central area composed of 4 towers – filled, at the beginning of EXPO, with coffee, apples, salt and water – which bring a question: “How much is left?”
During the visit to the towers, visitors will have the chance to bring with themselves or eat/drink as much as they wish.
The basic message is that if we all consumed the right amount (example, water), there would be enough for everybody; if instead we consume without thinking about the others, those coming after us may not find anything. Personal consumption behaviors and responsibilities will determine how much will be left for those coming later and for how long.
WHAT TO DO IN THE SWISS PAVILION
We ask you to take pictures during your visit to the towers and to comment upon the behaviors you witnessed during the visit or the behavior of those who came firsts.
The Austrian Pavilion is centered around a small wood/forest extended over a surface of around 500m2, which can provide fresh oxygen and natural air cycle for 1800 visitors per hour.
Within the pavilion, the photosynthesis takes place, enabled by plants and by the equipment (i.e. fans, vaporizers…).
Some telescopes and informative screens allow visitors to carefully look at the woods and understand how water and air cycles work.
WHAT TO DO IN THE AUTRIAN PAVILION
At the end of the path, visitors will be asked to write a thought on a board of ideas. Publish it together with a nice picture of the pavilion.
The Monaco Pavilion offers a series of multimedia, interactive thematic stations about different facets of sustainability in food production and consumption. Some stations focus on water, sea and oceans:
Jellyfishes invasion: why is there an increase in the number of jellyfishes in some marine areas? In what way are men responsible for their proliferation? Why an excessive number of jellyfishes puts at risk the existence of other marine species? Sustainable fishing: why are fish resources at risk worldwide? What responsibilities lie with large industrial fishing boats? How can you support sustainable fishing? Water acidification: what are oceans’ acidification causes and effects? How can we reverse the trend?
WHAT TO DO IN THE MONACO PAVILION
In this pavilion, proceed as in a treasure hunt. Divide the class in small groups and entrust each of them with the task of searching an answer to one of the previous questions. The answers shall be published together with a picture taken in the pavilion.
ARID ZONES CLUSTER
ERITREA, DJIBOUTI, JORDAN, MAURITANIA, MALI, PALESTINE, SENEGAL, SOMALIA
The arid zones cluster presents life and agriculture in areas of our world that are characterized by water scarcity. In these areas, the correct management of water resources is a priority. Informative panels at the center of the space analyze some of the key aspects.
When in this pavilion, we ask you to work on: the concept of virtual water (there is a board about that). The UN’s station (recognizable by a large blue spoon) shows United Nations projects supporting people living in arid zones and small farmers working there.
WHAT TO DO IN THE ARID ZONES CLUSTER
Take a picture of a food product and explicit/tell the amount of water needed to produce it, or an image associated with one of the messages sent from the UN’s station.
The Pavilion Zero recounts – through large and suggestive dioramas and installations, divided into six thematic areas – what mankind has produced since its appearance on our Earth, the transformations of natural and human landscape, the culture and rituals pertaining consumptions, speculation, waste and tragedies, the projects for a sustainable future. In every area of the pavilion, the visitor will find UN’s boards about these issues.
WHAT TO DO AT THE PAVILION ZERO
The Pavilion Zero was conceived as an introduction to EXPO and it is indeed one of the most visited pavilions when the gates open. Visiting this Pavilion at the end of the journey makes sense as well, in order to open your gaze to the general theme of EXPO and for one final thought.
Publish a picture –taken in the Pavilion- and match it with one of the UN’s messages on the boards.