Sunday, July 19, 2009

Once, twice, twelve times Milano

In five years Milan will host the world at EXPO 2015. There have been World's Fairs or EXPOs going on all over the world since 1851. Early fairs focused on industrialization; and then gradually the emphasis shifted to cultural exchanges and issues of humankind. Current day EXPOsitions are used as nation branding events where pavilions are set up to promote different nations of the world, similarly to what a country does now when they are chosen for an Olympic games.

One of the events leading up to the Milan event is a challenge named 12xMilano to architects and urban designers for a vision of the future Milan. In a small corner space on the end of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II closest to La Scala there is an interactive display of 12 different visions from offices located all over the European continent.

There are ideas for tranformation of the city, promoting better ecology, urban food production including a plan for a multi-story vertical garden and the usual suspects of transportation, building uses and density, infill, housing and easy to use, flexible public open spaces.

If you are in town, you should definitely stop by the space and take a look. All of the displays are in both Italian and English and there are great take aways to pick up and refer to later. It will be interesting to see what, if anything actually gets included in the city's plans.

(images courtesy of the 12xMilano project)

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