In 1999, 2004, 2009, and now 2014, I've had the opportunity to experience an Expo city within a year of its debut on the world stage. In all four cases (Hannover's Expo 2000, Aichi's Expo 2005, Shanghai's Expo 2010, and Milan's Expo 2015), you get the feeling that the city doesn't quite know what to expect just yet. In all four cases, much of what's going to happen in the next year is still a mystery. What is this big event that has been in the planning on construction stage for years?
One of the challenges for Expo organizers is communicating to the public what to expect. The organizers of Expo 2015 have taken the step of creating the Expo Gate, a preview center that's open to the public. The temporary landmark, created by Scandurra Studio, is situated just outside Sforzesco Castle, which was part of the site of the 1906 Universal Exposition. It will also serve as a ticket center, conveniently located in the center of town.
Inside the Castle's courtyard is another temporary structure that also acts as an information center, but geared more toward children.
For those looking for more on the legacy of world's fairs that Expo 2015 will soon become a part of, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnology Leonard da Vinci is hosting an exhibit called EXPONENDO. Historical artifacts from past expos set the scene for more about Expo 2015 and its theme, "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life."
Thanks to the nature of world's fairs, even the organizers can't reveal everything that can be experienced next year. Some is meant to be a surprise to guests... and many of the various nations' exhibits are still being finalized. We might get intriguing previews of the various elements of Expo 2015, but it can still be difficult to conceive of the event as a whole. That's one reason opening day is always that more tantalizing.
Expo 2015 opens on 01 May 2015 and will run for six months.