Expo 2015 represented a major challenge for Milan and
Italy. Built around the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,”
it combined local and global traditions, innovation, and technology,
while establishing diplomatic and trade relations with many countries
from around the world. The conclusion of a long process that had
lasted about nine years, Expo 2015 was marked by difficulties in its governance and by delays in the implementation of its projects and
works. After a brief review of this process, the chapter focuses on the
events of 2015, the final race for the completion of works, and the
event itself. It then discusses the theme that was chosen, including its
representation by the various pavilions set up by the 158 participating
countries. The final section discusses the outcome of Expo 2015 in
terms of its legacy—the Milan Charter—and the economic opportunity
for future development that the site presents.
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