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 second area focuses on soil and is made up of different stations dealing with the following questions:
- What is an agroforestry system?
- How do earthworms contribute to soil fertility?
- What are the functions of soil’s ecosystem?
- How can we preserve natural soils’ fertility?
- How can we recognize farming potential of soils?
WHAT TO DO IN THE GERMAN PAVILION
Answering the previous questions through pictures with captions.
CEREALS AND TUBERS CLUSTER
BOLIVIA, CONGO, HAITI, MOZAMBIQUE, TOGO, VENEZUELA, ZIMBABWE
The Cereals and Tubers Cluster is a long corridor: along it visitors find the housed countries, at the end a large space for events, at the center an exhibition of some of the world most important cereals and tubers. Each of them can be observed while it grows for the duration of EXPO and visitors will receive information about their origin, growing, use and future challenges.
WHAT TO DO IN THE CEREALS AND TUBERS CLUSTER
In this pavilion, you are asked to work on:
- A product of your choice among pasta, wheat, corn, potato, rye, buckwheat, sorghum, cassava, millet, quinoa…
- The UN station, explaining the role cereals and tubers have for world food security.
Take as many pictures as possible of cereals and tubers and associate them to one of their most interesting characteristics, publish an image with text. Match a picture of the pavilion with a UN’s message, publish a picture with text.
The Israeli Pavilion is articulated in two distinct areas. The outside can be freely visited: it is a vertical field employing a state-of-the-art water irrigation system, perfect for a country with a limited cultivable surface. (verticalfield.com)
The second area is an itinerary explaining how the country, because of natural resources’ (water, soil) scarcity, has always been a cradle of research and innovation, with great inventions that benefitted the whole human kind. Primarily, drip irrigation.
WHAT TO DO IN THE ISRAELI PAVILION
Collect information about the technique of drip irrigation and associate it with pictures taken in the pavilion. Discover the tomato variety well-known in Italy that has been “invented” in Israel and publish a picture of it with caption.
The Kazakhstan’s Pavilion is articulated in three main exhibition areas: the first one recounts, through sand drawings, the history of the country. The second one is a large room with distinct spaces: agronomic science, natural resources, farming technologies, sustainability, aquaculture etc.
In the center, the Aral Sea’s decline -and recent recovery-, dried out by farming and by the search for fertile lands, is depicted.
The third space is a 4D cinema about energy and Astana’s EXPO in 2017.
WHAT TO DO IN KAZAKHSTAN’S PAVILION
Collect information about the different soils and crops in Kazakhstan, notably about what provoked the subsidence of Aral Sea. Publish the most interesting pictures and texts.
The Brazilian pavilion has a large net, where visitors can walk suspended above a gallery showcasing plants, flowers and fruits grown during EXPO and interactive boards describing them.
The net and the walk are a metaphor showing how interlinked we are, among ourselves and with nature, which hosts and nourishes us.
The exhibition areas inside the Pavilion display the country’s most interesting traditions, cultivations and farming technologies.
WHAT TO DO IN THE BRAZILIAN PAVILION
Take pictures during your visit from above and below the net, highlighting all possible meanings of the metaphor of the mankind-earth relationship.
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.