EXPO 2015, Italy


Expo 2015 is the Universal Exposition that will be hosted by Milan, from May 1st to October 31st 2015.

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Basic Data
NameEXPO 2015, Italy
ProvinceProvince of Milan, Lombardy
SiteMunicipalities of MIlan and Rho
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Urban development conflicts
Transport infrastructure networks (roads, railways, hydroways, canals and pipelines)
Tourism facilities (ski resorts, hotels, marinas)
Specific CommoditiesWater
Tourism services
Project Details and Actors
Project Details- Works started in October 2011 and installations should be complete in spring 2015

- 1 million m2 of agriculture land assigned to constructions

- 22km of cement canal for Waterways project

- Over 200km of new streets and highways

- A new metro line over the three expected by the original project

- Expected 20 million visitors (about 30% foreigners)

- 144 participant countries

- 3 international organizations (UN, EC, Cern)
Project Area (in hectares)100
Level of Investment (in USD) 1,770,600,000 USD [exposition site construction] and 14,982,000,000 USD [connected infrastructures and services]
Type of PopulationUrban
Potential Affected Population3,000,000 [inhabitants of the Province of Milan]
Start Date2007
Company Names or State EnterprisesArexpo spa from Italy
EXPO spa from Italy
Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti (Gruppo CMC) from Italy
Mantovani spa from Italy
Gruppo Maltauro from Italy
Sacyr from Spain
Coveco from Italy
Elios srl from Italy
Relevant government actorsMunicipality of Milan, Province of Milan, Lombardy Region, Italian government
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersComitato NoExpo www.noexpo.org, Attitude No Expo, Italia Nostra http://www.italianostra.org/, Rete metropolitana contro debito, cemento e precarietà, La Terra Trema www.laterratrema.org, Milano in Movimento http://milanoinmovimento.com/, M5S
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingInformal workers
Local ejos
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationArtistic and creative actions (eg guerilla theatre, murals)
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Media based activism/alternative media
Street protest/marches
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Appeals/recourse to economic valuation of the environment
Arguments for GMO-free agriculture and against soil consumption
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
Potential: Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Health ImpactsPotential: Accidents
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Militarization and increased police presence, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCorruption
Land demarcation
Court decision (undecided)
Negotiated alternative solution
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Temporarily suspension of the Waterways project, waiting for revision, judicial investigation into possible corruption
Development of AlternativesIn 2010 the Politecnico of Milano proposed another project called "Expo widespread and sustainable" http://www.eds.dpa.polimi.it/web/guest/obiettivi-del-progetto. The main idea of the project was to promote a decentralized event throughout the region through sustainable interventions at local and regional level.

One of the most contested part of Expo2015 concerns the Waterways project. Italia Nostra presented an alternative project to avoid damage to urban parks and to respect the course of the existing channels. http://www.italianostra.org/wp-content/uploads/News_viadacqua.pdf
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.The Expo 2015 project was not stopped and the alternative proposals were not taken into account. However, the mobilization against the destruction of the three parks to create a new canal was able to block the Waterways project, which is currently under revision.
Sources and Materials

Milan candidacy to Expo 2015
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Dossier No Expo
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Articles about Expo
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The web of Expo
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Altreconomia article
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L'Espresso articles about Expo2015
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Expopolis book/game
[click to view]


No expo web site
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Expo web site
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Media Links

No expo youtube channel
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Other Documents

Logo No Expo credits: www.antinocivitabs.org
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Logo No Expo credits: sosfornace.org
[click to view]

Protests against the waterways project credits: www.milanox.eu
[click to view]

Meta Information
ContributorMarianna, CDCA (cdca.it)- Italy
Last update18/08/2014