After EXPO 2015
After six months, as scheduled, Expo2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" has closed its doors.
Considering the significant amounts of money that have been spent, most of the countries will recycle their own pavilions at home or elsewhere.
Some of them will be reused for social aims and international cooperation projects: the Pavilion of Monaco will be reassembled in Burkina Faso where it will become the headquarters of the local Red Cross, the village of the no-profit organization "Save The Children" will be located in the refugee camp of Jarahieh in Lebanon, while the pavilion of Coca Cola, that has got the size of a regular basketball court, will remain in Milan and become a sports center.
Many countries have decided to donate the more symbolic parts of their pavilions: the most imposing trees of Austria will be replanted in a forest near Bolzano; the columns of Vietnam will be donated to the town of Alassio, in Liguria, the pavilion of Nepal, the very symbol of the mountain, will go to Livigno, in the center of the Alps, as a "strong signal of commonality".
From the magical world of Expo Palazzo Italia will surely remain, although we don’t know for what purpose it will be used, it could become a university or technological complex.
No doubt the exhibition has achieved a positive acknowledgement from the public, an organizational machine in working order and a visitors target in compliance with the expectations.
Many have been the innovations from an energetic point of view: Expo was a real smart city, equipped with cutting-edge technologies that will characterize the cities of the future.
Expo2015 leaves us as an important cultural heritage the “Milan Charter”: a shared document that calls every citizen, association, company or institution to major responsibility in ensuring the right to food to future generations.
In addition to the 21.5 million people who visited the exhibition, during the 6 months of the event a total of 6.2 million Italian messages was gathered on social media and social networks.
Upon such numbers, the hope is that public awareness about the important issue of food has been raised and that the economic and productive process treated in the Milan Charter will ensure a sustainable economic and social development.
So many themes in fact have been discussed in the forums at Expo2015: how to improve the quality and safety of food, ensure nutrition to all human beings, innovate the whole food chain with research and technology, educate to proper nutrition, enhance the knowledge of "food traditions" as a cultural heritage.
In conclusion, much has been written about Expo. Many have been the politics celebrations in identifying Expo as the "engine" to kick-start the economy and many the criticisms for the "accounts that don’t add up."
No wonder that the 21.5 million visitors did not cover the huge costs of the event and post-event.
Expo2015 has been much criticized for this, but it has definitely brought our country to a success that usually only big events can create and, thanks to the efforts of everyone who worked in it, at least in terms of image the outcome has been quite positive.