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EXPO 2015: OUR PAVILIONS FROM A TO Z

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The teachers gave us a meeting point at 4 o’clock in the afternoon in front of Tree of Life, the symbol of EXPO.

Feedback from class 4A, IIS Bruno Franchetti.

ARENA

The Lake Arena was a large circular lake surrounded by terraces that could accommodate about 20,000 people admiring the tree of life inspired by a concept found in many cultures, religions and philosophies.

(Martina Mognato)

ARGENTINA

My “second prize” goes to Argentina because I loved the atmosphere created inside the Pavilion. (Elena Dallara)

AUSTRIA

Our first visit was to the Austria Pavilion. Inside there were lots of trees and a big sign reading, “BREATH”. While we were waiting in the queue it started raining.

(Benedetta Bibiani)

The Austrian Pavilion reproduced the microclimate of the Austrian woods (Camilla Berto)

The pavilion created a small scale Austrian forest that provided 62.5 kilograms of fresh oxygen every hour, without filters or conditioners, which is enough for 1,800 people in an ideal climate (Marco Boschin)

BELGIUM

The pavilion of Belgium was one of my favourites because they offered cookies and I saw mountains of sweets all over the place!

(Luca Gasparinetti)

BOLIVIA

The Bolivian Pavilion was really small but I liked it. It was very colourful and the stamp they had was one of my favourites! I took a lot of photos,which I sent to Abigail (my Bolivian friend). She said that the pavilion was really representative of her country!

(Benedetta Bibiani)

BRAZIL

The beating heart of Brazil’s Pavilion was an interactive network connecting the three floors. While visitors walked on the hanging net, they interacted with the surrounding environment: some sensors detected the movements by transferring impulses that modified the sounds and the surrounding light.

(Francesco Pistilli)

My “third prize” goes to Brazil: jumping on a suspended net was really amazing!

(Elena Dallara)

The Brazilian pavilion, in my opinion, was the funniest pavilion of all, because of its big net at the entrance

(Giulia Palazzi)

I visited the Brazilian Pavilion, where you could walk on a net that links three floors. I was, however, a little scared…

(Camilla Berto)

CLUSTERS: CHOCOLATE, COCOA, COFFEE

I think that it was a good idea to create clusters because they brought together communities, not only by geographical area, but by a common theme and food group. In this way, many poor countries afforded to take part in Expo without building their own pavilions. However most of those countries didn’t develop the theme properly. They just sold bracelets or other little gadgets! (Elisabetta Binetti)

COMPANIES

There were often only sponsor stalls such as McDonald’s, Perugina, Martini, Lindt, Coca Cola and Technogym and they did not match the theme of the Exhibition: it sometimes looked like visiting an outlet.

(Benedetta Bibiani)

COUNTRIES

The countries were 145, which is an enormous number because there are 196 countries all over the world altogether (Tommaso Turchetto)

DECUMAN

The weather wasn’t good. It rained all the time. Sometimes it was even wet on the main street – decuman -even though we walked under a tent!

(Benedetta Bibiani)

DISEASES

EXPO dealt with nutrition as well as malnutrition in all its forms, including diseases related to food. (Elena Dallara)

The theme for the World Expo 2015 was “Feeding the planet, energy for the life”. I think the visit was very useful to understand the importance of nutrition, to learn about what we eat, and understand what we should and should not eat for our health and for our planet’s health

(Eleonora Giorgiutti)

I explored the issue of malnutrition and hunger in that huge exhibition, because people still suffer from starvation in the Third World. The event was an opportunity to reflect about the contradictions of our world: on one hand there is still hunger in poor countries, on the other there is waste of food in rich countries. It’s about time we found a solution! (A.Greku)

EXPO

The purposes of the Expo were various: raising awareness about hunger and thirst, encouraging proper nutrition and healthier lifestyles, especially for children and adolescents, presenting the cultural and ethnic elements of “food traditions”.

(Luca Gasparinetti)

EXPO was about technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet, with different focuses on different issues from how to feed the entire planet to how to live in a healthier way, and last but not least, how to improve the health of our planet.

(Tommaso Turchetto)

EXPO was a great opportunity for Italy to redeem itself from all the criticism it received from other European countries in the last few years.

(Camilla Berto)

FOOD

The food was not there, except for some images or the food for sale that cost a lot more than the original price; the only pavilion where the food did not cost so much was the USA

(Francesco Pistilli)

FUTURE FOOD DISTRICT

It was a high-tech supermarket, where people could interact with robots and foods. New technologies at each step of the food chain will change our way of life.

(Lorenzo Sancassani)

There will be less work for people and more and more work for the machines in the future . (L.Gasparinetti)

FRANCE

I wanted to see the pavilion of France with its arch made of wine bottles (Elena Dallara)

GERMANY

The queue required hours… Our students hardly visited the German Pavilion, which everybody wanted to see.

HOLY SEE (PAPACY)

To me, the most impressing was the Vatican Pavilion. It was quite simple and I liked the simplicity in there. When you got inside, on your left you had a wall full of really interesting photos about hunger in the world, which is the real challenge! In front of you, you had a big tapestry and on your right, you had a big table, which reminded the visitors of the Lord’s Table.

(Benedetta Bibiani)

IRELAND

Ireland’s message to the world was: “the land and sea do not belong to us, but to the ones that will come after”.

(Marco Boschin)


JUNK FOOD

The sponsors were Mac Donald’s and Coca Cola!! No comment.

KUWAIT

Interesting! I learnt many things about their green sources of energy and how they use fossil fuels without increasing pollution. I also bought some sweets made with dates and I drank some juice: they were really good!

(Elisabetta Binetti)

MILAN

The venue was Milan, which helped the tourism. In fact the hotels and the restaurants made a lot of money. 

(Giulia Palazzi)

MALAYSIA

I visited the Malaysian Pavilion where we saw a video about the Malaysian culture, then I we entered an area, which looked like a rainforest.

(Jacopo Pizzol)

The Pavilion of Malaysia won my first prize because it was simply amazing: its design drew inspiration from a humble seed from the rain forest; the seed symbolizes the beginning of a journey.

(Elena Dallara)

METAPHORS

WE HUNTED FOR METAPHORS: THE BRAZILIAN NET, THE BRITISH BEEHIVE, THE MALAYSIAN RAINFOREST, THE RUSSIAN MIRROR THE SEED, THE SWISS TOWERS, THE TREE OF LIFE….

MOLDOVA

The first pavilion I visited was the pavilion of Moldova because of the short queue; the pavilion was very small and uninteresting because it was not focused on what it had to communicate: there was a room with two videos on Moldovan folk dances and some pictures of Moldova.

(Francesco Pistilli)


NEPAL

My collegues and I had a set Nepalese meal of soup, chicken curries, rice, vegetables, yogurt – price 15 € – the food was OK, but the pavilion was gorgeous. We were inside an authentic golden temple said the Art teacher! (Daniela Baroni)

NETHERLANDS

The pavilion of the Netherlands was as disappointing as the Irish pavilion: there was no queue because people were just not interested in either pavilion. In fact, I walked in and two seconds later I was out.

(Luca Gasparinetti)

PAVILIONS

Many pavilions were awful and served only the purpose of showing the world the level of technology in the country, almost like a competition to see who is the coolest.

(Francesco Pistilli)

POLAND

The last pavilion we saw was the Polish one, it had a beautiful architecture made up of wooden crates.

(Beatrice Zamengo)

QUEUES

Very, very long, unforgettable queues!

RUSSIA

Mrs Padovani, our Science teacher suggested the Russian pavilion, which celebrated the achievements made by Russian scientists, especially those of Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov, botanist, geneticist and pioneer in studies on biodiversity, and Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, inventor of the periodic table of the elements. While queuing up outside the pavilion, we could look at ourselves in the huge, suggestive mirrored ceiling.

(Lorenzo Sancassani)

SPAIN

The Pavilion of Spain is the best place I visited: the discovery of Spanish food and art attracted my attention very much, especially the dark room with the dishes and the various paintings on the walls.

(Luca Gasparinetti)

The Spanish Pavilion was amazing. At the entrance there were signs related to food, which were written in various languages, hanging everywhere. There was also an installation made of plates that lit up the room continuously. In another room, from the ceiling hung a lot of glass bottles spreading a soft light.

(Martina Mognato)

SWITZERLAND

In the Swiss Pavilion visitors could take freely from the four towers filled with food and drink (apples, salt, coffee and water), The message of the Swiss pavilion was simple: reflect on your behaviour as a consumer, because food and water are limited. If you take too much nothing will remain for those who come after you.

(Martina Mognato)


TRIP

I think the school trip to Expo was a good idea to start discovering the world in spite of the fact that the theme of food – feeding the planet, energy for life -wasn’t centred according to me.

(Elena Dallara)

I believe that food and nutrition are the basic features and components of a country’s culture and traditions. Visiting EXPO was like going around the world in a day.

(Eleonora Giorgiutti)

I had already been to the exhibition with my family, but going with my friends was another thing. I enjoyed it more with them taking photos and laughing a lot.

(Giulia Palazzi)

THE UNITED KINGDOM

After the 2010 seed cathedral exhibited at Shanghai EXPO, the UK designed a very big beehive made of iron, which was inspired by the communal work of the honeybee to represent the necessity for a real world partnership. You were in a green area, where you could listen to the noises and enjoy the visual effects of the refreshing English countryside.

UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION

The first world fair was the Great Exhibition, which took place at Hyde Park in London in 1851, during the Victorian Age. Henry Cole, with the support of Prince Albert, designed Crystal Palace. The Great Exhibition was attended by many notable figures of the time, including Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll.

(Marco Boschin)

THE USA

The first pavilion we visited was the Pavilion of the USA, whose main theme was “ agricultural economy”. But I disliked this pavilion because it was neither interesting nor beautiful.

(Jacopo Pizzol)

I didn’t like the American pavilion very much, however, the only positive thing was having lunch in a typical American café. I had a chocolate cake. It was very good.

(Beatrice Zamengo)

URUGUAY

I had lunch at the Uruguayan restaurant, where I could taste empanadas (baked or fried pastry turnovers filled with savoury stuff), a typical national dish. The food was expensive, though!

(Elisabetta Binetti

PAVILION ZERO

My third favourite pavilion was the Zero Pavilion, which is focused on mankind and sums up he history of all the other pavilions

(Giulia Palazzi)

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EXPO 2015 was also a really beautiful opportunity to socialize and I think that days like this are sometimes more interesting and educational than a lesson in a classroom at school. I loved that alternative way to learn! Besides it was a unique opportunity! And I am very grateful to our teachers and school for this outing. (Benedetta Bibiani)