by John Dee
Rome’s candidacy to host Expo 2030, started by the Italian Government and carried out by the Promoting Committee and by Roma Capitale, was officially presented today at the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, according to a press release published in full original.
The candidacy was illustrated by the Mayor of the Capital Roberto Gualtieri, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio, the Minister of Sustainable Infrastructures and Mobility Enrico Giovannini, both connected remotely, the President of the Nomination Committee Giampiero Massolo, the Director General of the Committee Giuseppe Scognamiglio, the Architect Carlo Ratti and Paolo Glisenti, Commissioner General for Italy at Expo 2020.
During the presentation, the area where Rome plans to set up the Universal Exposition was unveiled: the Tor Vergata site, which represents the ideal district for an ambitious urban regeneration, inclusion and innovation project. All the details about the candidacy are illustrated on the website https://www.romeexpo2030.com/.
During the presentation Mayor Gualtieri remembered the victims of the war in Ukraine provoked by the inacceptable Russian military aggression and expressed his closeness to those who are enduring the consequences of the conflict, reiterating the commitment of the City of Rome for peace, dialogue and cooperation between people.
People and territories: urban regeneration, inclusion and innovation
Rome’s Expo 2030 candidacy project aims to indicate a new way of promoting urban coexistence, overcoming the traditional separation between center and periphery. By 2050, cities will host two thirds of the entire world population: the relationship between territory and people is therefore one of the greatest challenges of our time.
With the theme “People and territories: urban regeneration, inclusion and innovation” Rome wants to be the center of this new city model: inclusive, interconnected, sustainable and shared. In Rome, all participating countries will be able to give their contribution to identify the model of urban coexistence of the future.
Rome also has the unmissable opportunity to combine Expo 2030 with another world-wide event, of great spiritual significance: the Jubilee 2025, which the city is already preparing to host. An important synergy opportunity for the realization of functional works and infrastructures, ready to welcome millions of pilgrims, optimizing costs and resources.
Tor Vergata: The urban district chosen for the candidacy
The chosen area for the candidacy is Tor Vergata. The project’s challenge is double: firstly, hosting the best ideas on how to rethink the relationship between people and territories, making the world event a crossroads of intelligence and avant-garde innovation. On the other hand, conceiving the Expo as an opportunity to start an impressive urban regeneration effort. Not only of the Expo area, but of an entire district of Rome, full of potential in its mix of nature, history and science. The area will therefore be a laboratory open to the contribution of everybody, to trace a new model for the development of the territory.
Carlo Ratti will be the Creative Consultant for the strategic vision of Expo 2030 Rome. Ratti, MIT professor and director of the Senseable City Lab, is the founder of design and innovation office CRA Carlo Ratti Associati. Along with his roles, he is a leading figure exploring the relations between architecture and technology, innovation and sustainability. With vast experience with international events, he has played a crucial role in the last two Expos. Among his projects, the masterplan for MIND (Milan Innovation District), which redefines the former area of Expo 2015 by turning it into an innovative center for the city. Lastly, at Expo 2020 he designed the Italian Pavilion with Italo Rota Building Office, matteogatto&associati and F&M Ingegneria.
The candidacy logo
The candidacy logo, created by M&C Saatchi, embodies the idea of a future that aims to unite people, embracing their diversity and promoting the sustainable development of the territories in which they live. The image of a city gate has always expressed a symbol of hospitality, exchange and integration of different cultures. It is a dynamic logo which represents one of the distinctive features of Rome’s Expo 2030 candidacy and which maintains its identity while constantly changing shape and color. It will be projected with an animation both inside and outside the Italian pavilion in Dubai, and during the candidacy it will be more than just a graphic object; for the first time, in fact, the logo of an Expo becomes an NFT (non-fungibletoken) and is saved on the blockchain. A unique piece of digital art that accompanies us towards a sustainable, digital and connected future.
Our key idea for Expo 2030 is to renew the relationship between people and territories. Rome is the most suitable place to host an Expo that focuses on this goal. First of all, it is a unique city that shows its history of thousands years and where the evolution of the relationship between people and territory is visible in the urban layers. Over the next few years, we will once again demonstrate our ability to reinvent ourselves, with projects such as the improvement of the layout of the Forum and of the central archaeological area. Secondly, Rome is one of the cities with the most extensive green belt in the world. We will preserve and strengthen this fundamental trait of our identity that we want to project into a new idea of urban development. Furthermore, Rome is a long standing bastion of culture and science, hosting world-class universities, research centers and academies. Institutions that will be at the heart of our exhibition, also thanks to projects such as Rome Technopole, that will be a center of international reference for training, research, and technology transfer, and the multidimensional and highly specialized “City of Science”. Another key pillar is that of solidarity and inclusion, to which our Administration is dedicating a particular commitment, in line with our idea of a polycentric city, based on the proximity of services, and on care and relationships between people. The Tor Vergata area will allow us to implement innovative strategies for an intelligent, inclusive and sustainable urban regeneration. An opportunity for Rome to thrill the whole world once again” said the Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri.
“The Italian Government, the City of Rome, its citizens, the private sector and the academic and scientific community are committed to embarking on this journey, with the full and unwavering support of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its diplomatic and consular network in the world. Rome is a city that has reinvented itself throughout its 28 centuries of history. Human activity transformed the urban fabric, providing the city with an extraordinary dynamism. Rome has a long-standing tradition of being open, universalistic and inclusive. It has one of the largest green belts in the world and a very deep connection with the countryside. Today, Rome displays a virtuous balance between a modern urban design and the environment. It is a place where past and future are strongly interconnected, as testified by its scientific and technological district which is among the most advanced in the world. Universities, accelerators, start-ups based in Rome as well as the Italian National Innovation Fund, all will actively participate to make Expo 2030 the perfect framework to display the application of most innovative technologies to an historical city” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio.
“Rome Expo 2030 represents a great opportunity to integrate the huge investments envisaged by the Italian recovery plan (Pnrr) and other national funds, 8.2 billion euros destined to interventions for infrastructures and mobility in the Capitoline municipality, the Greater Rome Metropolitan Area and the Lazio Region. Economic, social and environmental sustainability is at the center of the global and Italian challenge of sustainability, of which the Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai represents a beautiful example. I am sure that the vision of the current city administration will ensure that Rome Expo 2030 becomes a great example of an entirely sustainable international event. It is a unique opportunity for renewal and redevelopment, involving the civil society and the private sector, to strengthen the positive impacts of the event at all levels and in every sector” said the Minister of Infrastructures and Sustainable Mobility Enrico Giovannini.
“The Expo Rome 2030 project is a great collective undertaking, which involves the best energies not only of the City of Rome, but of the whole of Italy. It is a unique opportunity to reflect on the new paradigms in the relationship between people and territories at any latitude. We offer the world a unique showcase to present the best ideas and the most ambitious projects on crucial issues for the future of humanity, at the core of the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda. All our commitment goes to them” said Ambassador Giampiero Massolo, President of the promoting committee of Expo Rome 2030.
“We are honored to host in the Italian Pavilion in Dubai the launch of Rome’s candidacy for the 2030 Expo. Here starts, in front of the largest international audience ever gathered by a Universal Exposition, the path towards this prestigious goal that will set off the global vision and inclusion of Roma Capitale. What Italy has done in these months for Expo Dubai becomes, starting today, Rome’s heritage, for an Expo of extraordinary success” said the Commissioner General for Italy’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai, Paolo Glisenti.
“I am pleased to be a part of the team which develops the strategic vision for the city of Rome in its bid to host Expo 2030. If we had to use just one word to envision Expo 2030, it would be “Together”: it means working together with respect to diversity of cultures and territories, and to tackle the greatest challenges of the contemporary society. Through the Expo, we can engage in discussions about innovation and sustainability in more concrete ways, as we contemplate what the spirit of the event is, and for Rome as a city, what kind of legacy it would leave behind”, says MIT Professor Carlo Ratti, Creative Consultant for the strategic vision of Expo 2030 Rome.
(3 marzo 2022
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