At previous Universal Expositions, countries that elected not to build their own pavilions were allocated space within pavilions based on geographical location.
Expo Milano 2015 has adopted an innovative approach: the Cluster system.
The central theme chosen for Expo Milano 2015 is: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life, where the aim is to provide visitors with as comprehensive an overview of this topic as possible. Clusters help achieve this.
Positioned to achieve maximum visibility and added value, the Clusters bring together countries that share common features and address common issues. But it goes further. Even countries that have their own pavilions can be included in a Cluster route.
The nine Clusters are separated into two groups.
Those keyed on the concept of the Supply Chain are located close to the east-west central avenue known as the Decumano, in between the Participating Country pavilions. These are:
Clusters based on Theme are located close to the Biodiversity Park, an area of great importance within the exhibition site. These are:
The aim of Expo Milano 2015’s communal pavilions is that people talk, interact, and share.
The concepts and projects on which the Clusters are based were established during the Cluster International Workshop, an event organized by Expo Milano 2015 in collaboration with the Politecnico di Milano University. Teaching staff and students from many universities around the world also participated in this workshop.