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 6 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 fourth area focuses on biodiversity and it is made up of stations dealing with:
- How many varieties of a crop exist?
- How can we make today’s crops more resistant against pathogens?
- What are DNA’s markers?
- How can we preserve animals’ diversity?
- Why crops genetic variety is a natural insurance against climate changes?
- Who is and what does Eckart Brandt do?
- What is a seeds bomb?
WHAT TO DO IN THE GERMAN PAVILION
Answer the previous questions through pictures with captions.
The Mexican Pavilion has the shape of a corncob and winds along spiral ramps crossing different areas where the natural and cultural richness of the country is showcased.
At the entrance of the Pavilion, visitors can sign up for interacting with some installations and, after their visit, send reminders home (i.e. recipes shown by famous chefs).
WHAT TO DO IN THE MEXICAN PAVILION
We ask you to take pictures during your visit and collect information about cultural, botanical and animal biodiversity of Mexico, and to publish the most interesting pictures and texts. Notably, you are asked to focus on the areas where recipes are shown, the one about Mexican cuisine features and the one about modern and traditional cooking tools.
This Pavilion leads visitors along a journey at the discovery of Angola, which is presented from 4 points of view (origins, growth, sustainability and future), not only by using multimedia technologies and augmented reality, but through the use of touch and other physical experiences interacting with different materials. The first room displays the main sources of sustenance of the country, such as fishing, cattle, farming and beekeeping. The second floor is a journey in Angola’s food that combines Brazilian, Portuguese and Italian influences. The third floor, modernity and future, shows the skills of modern Angola in processing, preserving and innovating in food sector. The visitor will also find an interactive game to discover whether their diet is correct.
WHAT TO DO IN THE ANGOLA PAVILION
Collect information about cultural, botanical and animal biodiversity in Angola and publish the most interesting pictures and texts. Focus on the areas where sources of sustenance and Angolan culinary tradition are presented.
The Bahrain’s Pavilion is conceived as a sinuous space where to advance discovering ten different orchards that will bloom and ripen during the six months of EXPO. Plants are monitored and you can witness their evolution everyday through the pavilion’s website.
The gardens alternate with the display of historic artefacts celebrating the ancient agrarian tradition of Bahrain and the myth of the Garden of Eden.
WHAT TO DO IN THE BAHRAIN’S 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 looking for one of the plants in the Pavilion: Musa Basjoo, Ficus Carica, Ziziphus Jujuba, Opentia Ficus Indica, Phoeniz Dactylifera, Pucina Granatum, Citruz, Olea Europea, Carica Paapaya, Vitis Vinifera. Publish a picture with caption of each one of these plants.
BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, SIERRA LEONE, MYANMAR, LAOS, BASMATI PAVILION
The Rice Cluster shows one of the most widespread foods worldwide, through a journey that starts from China and travels around the world displaying a great biodiversity that visitors can admire in the numerous pavilions. It deals with sustainability and innovation applied to a fundamental food in the fight against world hunger.
In this Pavilion, you are asked to work on:
- Rice varieties worldwide
- Risks associated with modern rice growing
- The strong relationship between rice growing and water
WHAT TO DO IN THE RICE CLUSTER
Publish a picture associated with one of the messages displayed on Pavilions’ walls or in the UN’s station (recognizable by a blue spoon) showing UN’s projects for food security.
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.