Milan, Italy — Expo 2015 has chosen its official logo – a design by Andrea Puppa, selected via competition and online voting. More than 7,000 votes were cast over a 24-day period.
Information on competitive tenders can be found here (in Italian).
The theme of the expo is “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life.” It is scheduled to run from 1 May to 31 October 2015. The 1.7 million square meter site of Expo 2015 is situated northwest of Milan and includes part of the cities of Pero and Rho. The master plan concept for the site was drafted by a group of five architects: Stefano Boeri, Richard Burdett, Jacques Herzog, Joan Busquets and William Mc Donough.
Post-use plans for the site after closing day include the establishment of The Centre for Sustainable Development, and a large park.
30 international participants have now signed on to exhibit at the expo. The President of the Republic of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, one of the most important historical African leaders, has sent an official letter announcing his country’s participation in Expo 2015 to Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
With the addition of Senegal, Expo 2015 has come closer to its objective of 50 participants by the end of the year. The Universal Exposition of Milan confirms its strong power of attraction, boasting the all-time record for the number of affirmative responses in the first months after the delivery of the official letter of invitation.
In addition to the United Nations, the countries that have already responded to the invitation from the Italian Government are: Switzerland, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Romania, San Marino, Egypt, Peru, Russia, Uruguay, Togo, Germany, Guatemala, Cambodia, Honduras, Mauritania, Slovenia, Principality of Monaco, Uzbekistan, Spain, Albania, Israel, Kuwait, Colombia, Armenia, Syria, Iran, Gabon and Senegal.