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 exhibition area of the Japanese Pavilion is made up of different spaces: harmony in agriculture, the corridor of hospitality, the diversity waterfall, tradition and future, innovation and sustainability, the restaurant of future. The visit lasts a fixed amount of time and, in order to do that, visitors shall use a smartphone app.
In the area about tradition, you will find numerous traditional wisdoms and techniques linked to Japanese cuisine, notably:
Food showcase: from the ingredients to the end product, in the amazing Japanese food culture.
One soup, three dishes: the spirit and technique of a balanced, 3-dishes meal.
WHAT TO DO IN THE JAPANESE PAVILION
Describe the great variety of Japanese traditional and modern cuisine, through pictures with captions. In the Diversity waterfall area, use the app to capture images.
The Russian Pavilion has a massive wooden façade that enhances a long, sinuous, reflecting roof. Inside the exhibition area, visitors can travel through the wide natural biodiversity of Russia, as well as through its historic and scientific traditions.
In the first room, the Vavilov Institute of Saint Petersburg shows a selection of plants taken from its archive – which counts 323 thousands different varieties. Founded in 1925, the «Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry» is the most ancient seeds bank existing.
WHAT TO DO IN THE RUSSIAN PAVILION
Collect as many info as possible about Russian culinary tradition and the most important plants in its cuisine, then look for them and take pictures in the Vavilov collection. Publish the picture of a plant with a caption explaining how it is used.
The Chilean Pavilion has a huge structure with intertwined wood beams. The country shows its great environmental and cultural biodiversity through a path leading visitors in different ecosystems, showing how life adapts and thrives even in extreme conditions.
The itinerary unfolds in different rooms, with videos and interactive boards (entrance, territory, people, fruits), and ends up in a room where different Chilean culinary and agrarian specialties are displayed through augmented reality.
WHAT TO DO IN THE CHILEAN PAVILION
Collect as many info as possible about Chilean culinary typical products and their link with the ecosystem they come from. Publish pictures with captions about any identified product.
The Spanish Pavilion is like a big, multimedia suitcase, stemming point of an audiovisual installation made up of 20 more suitcases projecting info about just as many food products.
The exhibition area proposes a journey through the language of flavor, a certain number of rooms host Spanish words, landscapes, culture, economy and traditions. The path is made up of graphic and multimedia installations culminating in a large, last room covered with dishes.
In the area focusing on tradition and innovation, the Mediterranean diet and local productions are put at stage, together with a cooking school where you can enjoy the recipes and gestures of famous Spanish chefs.
WHAT TO DO IN THE SPANISH PAVILION
Collect information about the main features of the Mediterranean diet, choose its typical products and publish images with captions describing Spanish recipes using them.
AFGHANISTAN, BRUNEI, TANZANIA, VANUATU
The Spices cluster describes, through big maps, the most well-known explorations of the past at the discovery of spices, and therefore of the world.
Today, spices are widespread everywhere and there are huge differences in their growing and use – not only in cooking, but medicine and society as well. In this cluster, visitors can admire and smell a great variety of spices.
The UN area of the pavilion explains how spices can help small farmers (notably women) to increase their productivity and revenue.
WHAT TO DO IN THE SPICES CLUSTER
In this Pavilion you are asked to choose a spice and illustrate it through a short article with pictures – explaining its features, availability and possible uses.
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.