In few days, Milan Expo 2015 will come to an end. Many of the stunning architectures on show for just six months will fall, be transformed or find a new home from the first of November. In october 1965 another World Expo left behing memories and wonder, but also ruins and oblivion. After the Fair documentary by Ryan Ritchey can help us to understand which is the legacy of Expo.
According to the responsible motto Feed the Planet, Energy for Life, Milan Expo announced a sustainable de-construction site in order to avoid a legacy of ghostly remains. Unfortunately it is not clear what the site will become after the fair. So far, the only sure thing is that almost all the pavilions will be dismantled and then relocated or recycled.
We do not like to quote numbers. Milan Expo managed to gather in less then 2 square kilometres the commitment for a sustainable future of over 140 countries. Visitors and employees had the chance to discover, meet and work with people from all over the world but also to realize that the challenges of the future must be faced together with peace and responsibility. Read ArchiPanic coverage onf Milan Expo 2015.
If we go back 50 years exactly, end of october 1965, another Expo was demolished and never to be seen again. After the Fair documentary by Ryan Ritchey (2015) explores the legacy of New York 1964-65 World’s Fair, detailing the new technology that would become part of everyday life, as well as the status of many of the relics from the fair.
Videophones, space satellites, computers and colour television. Today, these technologies are everywhere, in the meantime some of them already became vintage as well. But for millions of people, their first experience with these innovations came in Queens fifty years ago.
After the Fair documentary combines archival footage, modern-day appearances and interviews to show how the fair’s impact can still be felt 50 years later.
Unfortunately, World Expos legacy is not only just in the shared knowledge, life experiences and memories of those who visited and worked at the fair. It lays in the cities themselves. Will Milan be able to ride positive wave of the successful Expo 2015?
Today, the only building still standing since Expo 1965 is the New York State Pavilion by architects Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin. The building is a completely abandoned and badly neglected relic made with reinforced concrete. The project comprised two observation towers, a Theaterama and the Tent of Tomorrow, an elliptical construction featuring the largest cable suspension roof in the world.
In October 1965 the New York State Pavilion was supposed to become something important that wasn’t decided yet. But after the fair, the pavilion found no residual use other than a TV and movie set for sci-fi and catastrophic stories.
The only two pavilions that will stay up for sure are Palazzo Italia and Cascina Triulza. Will they have to share their misfortune like New York State Pavilion? We hope that the answer they will film in 2065 documentary will be just great. In the meantime, thank you Milano.
Enrico Zilli – ArchiPanic