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jacques herzog, ricky burdett, stefano boeri, william mcdonough: milan expo 2015 conceptual masterplan
sep 09, 2009
jacques herzog, ricky burdett, stefano boeri, william mcdonough: milan expo 2015 conceptual masterplan


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron

 

 

 

yesterday the conceptual masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015 was unveiled. the challenging project is dedicated to the theme ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’. the five architects stefano boeri, richard burdett, mark rylander, jacques herzog and william mcdonough illustrated the development, stylistic lines and creative principles that will shape the area where the expo is to be held.

 

the expo they envisioned will be a planetary botanical garden open to the citizens of milan and the world. a place for a fresh encounter between farming and the city that will feed milan literally, spiritually and intellectually. a vast agrofood park built on an orthogonal grid, surrounded by water ways and punctuated by striking landscape architecture.


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron

 

 

 

the principle behind this new planetary garden is the urban plan of roman towns with their twin axes, the cardo and the decumanus, that extraordinary paradigm consisting of two perpendicular streets with a forum at the centre which has for centuries been the model for thousands of cities across the world. the first axis, 1.4 kilometres long, laid in the same direction of the ancient sempione road, will be a broad boulevard where visitors can stroll or cycle, comparable in size to the ramblas in barcelona or the champs elysées in paris. it will become the symbol of expo 2015.


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron

 

 

 

at the center of the axis a large planetary table will allow people to rest, gaze at the pavilions and sample the food produced and offered by the different countries represented. a second perpendicular axis will reflect the geometries of the farmlands that surrounds milan. it will serve as the basis for the subdivision into lots for the national pavilions which will face onto the central axis, each with the same area of land regardless of their geopolitical power. the two axes will create a vast open grid of spaces. some of these will be developed by the expo organisation, others by the individual countries themselves.


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron

 

 

 

in the same spirit of trying to valorise existing resources they focused on the question of food and being cost concious, they wanted to extend the living energy of the expo site to the whole metropolitan area. they therefore rethought the water ways project to focus attention and resources on the reclamation and redevelopment of public and municipal farmsteads which dot the milanese countryside and the network of canals that flow through it.


the three principles of the project
image © stefano boeri architetti


masterplan for the milan world exposition 2015
image © herzog & demeuron


waterways and cascine
image © stefano boeri architetti

 

 

 

credits:

 

conceptual master plan – feeding the planet, energy for life
by herzog & de meuron, jacques herzog
london school of ecomics, ricky burdett
stefano boeri architetti, stefano boeri
william mcdonough + partners, william mcdonough


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