Last week MADE Expo, Italy’s premier building trade fair, took place in Milan. For this edition of MADE, an entirely logical development was to link this year’s fair with Expo 2015, one of the biggest events to take place in the city, which will be opening its doors in one month’s time.
During MADE the “Building the Expo” exhibition, curated by Politecnico di Milano, looked forward to the 2015 global exhibition. Designs, drawings, prototypes, photos and videos of the more than 30 pavilions gave an initial impression of Expo 2015, in which 145 countries, three international organisations and 13 NGOs will be participating. From May to October 20 to 30 million visitors are expected.
Particularly exciting and an obvious part of the MADE exhibition was the focus on the materials and technologies which have been used in the construction of the Expo pavilions. Special attention was paid to the interplay between national identity and the choice of materials and technology. The typical construction methods of the country and local materials have been used for the individual national pavilions, with larch timber from Fukushima being used for the Japanese pavilion and wooden planks from the Coney Island promenade for the American pavilion.
Under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, the various nations are presenting new solutions for the responsible use of food resources. Accordingly the subject of sustainability has also played a prominent role in the construction of the pavilions themselves. The idea of recycling and re-using the relevant materials has been part of the initial design phase onwards, so that for example, the Monaco pavilion consists entirely of containers that can in part be re-used, while after Expo 2015, sections of the Czech pavilion will be used for the construction of a hospital in Senegal.
Architonic was also at the fair and was able to take the opportunity to pay an exclusive visit to the site of Expo 2015. At the moment 4,000 construction workers are working at top speed putting the finishing touches to the pavilions. You can view the current state of progress here. (Text by Sophie Loschert)