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.
Palazzo Italia is a big building, inspired from a urban forest – represented by a thick white net covering it.
The main exhibition suggests a journey in the Italian identity and excellence unfolding in 4 main areas:
- EXPERTISE: women and men engaged in enhancing and promoting Italian agriculture and food display an installation made up of human silhouettes and short video-messages.
- BEAUTY: landscapes, nature, architecture are showcased through videos and mirrors.
- CHALLENGE: collection of good practices in food production and consumption. Shown through multimedia installations.
- FUTURE: Italy shown as a large soil pot with plants from different regions.
The visit ends with the exhibition and the chance to sign Milan Charter.
WHAT TO DO IN PALAZZO ITALIA
- EXPERTISE – Choose a person shown and explain what they did through an image with caption.
- BEAUTY – Take a picture of a natural or architectural landscape and publish it with a caption stating where and what it is.
- CHALLENGE – Explain a good practice describing it through an image and a short text.
- FUTURE – Choose an article of Milan Charter and comment it matching it with an image taken inside the pavilion. Add @CartadiMilano
The Cardo is the main street next to the Italian Pavilion embracing Palazzo Italia, the Tree of Life and other buildings presenting Italy from four points of view: territories, agriculture, production chains and international.
The territories path suggests a visit of pavilions where to deepen one’s knowledge of Italian regions and provinces, from North to South: Calabria, Sicily, Lombardy, Umbria, Trentino, Alto Adige, Emilia Romagna, Piacenza.
The international path leads to the European Pavilion where, together with Sylvia and Alex, visitors will be guided in an adventure to build food security through countries cooperation and a common symbol to the continent: bread.
WHAT TO DO ALONG THE CARDO
Describe, by means of images and texts, territories and the most meaningful innovations showcased.
The Biodiversity park is articulated in different areas and buildings with the aim of promoting and protecting natural and agricultural biodiversity.
The Walk of biodiversity allows the visitor to walk among fields that show different examples of Italian “agrobiodiversity” and cultivation: the Alp, the Apennines, the great plain of the Po Valley, the plateaus and the Mediterranean coasts and islands.
The exhibition Stories of biodiversity is the place where visitors will discover the history of biodiversity in agriculture and learn about its importance. The exhibition is structured in 8 steps: introduction, wilderness, birth of agriculture, great travels, crop rotations, green revolution, beyond the green revolution, so?
WHAT TO DO IN THE BIODIVERSITY PARK
Retrace, through images and short texts, the history of biodiversity and human and environmental challenges lying ahead.
ALBANIA, ALGERIA, EGYPT, GREECE, LEBANON, MALTA, MONTENEGRO, SAN MARINO, SERBIA, TUNISIA
The Bio-Mediterraneum Cluster aims at picturing, in a simple and captivating way, the spirit of Mediterranean culture, which includes influences of three different continents: Europe, Africa and Asia.
The space is articulated around a wide plaza, partially covered, surrounded by the Pavilions of hosted countries. Open-air kitchens are located at its center and visitors can assist to food preparation, in other areas visitors can “meet” the emblematic food of Mediterranean diet, first and foremost olive oil, wine and bread.
WHAT TO DO IN THE BIO-MEDITERRANEUM PAVILION
Choose one of the countries (or Sicily) housed in the cluster and explain, through images, culinary specialties (products, recipes) using olive oil, bread and wine.
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.