Jacques Herzog, Masterplanner of the Milan 2015 Expo, Thinks it will be a “Vanity Fair”

The masterplan for the Expo produced by Herzog & de Meuron in 2009. Image © Herzog & de Meuron

It seems Jacques Herzog is not particularly excited about the opening of the 2015 Expo in Milan later this year. In an interview with uncube magazine Herzog – one half of Herzog & de Meuron, the Expo’s masterplanners – explains why they left the project in 2011, along with collaborators Stefano Boeri, William McDonough and Ricky Burdett. In their absence, he says, the Expo will now feature their plan “only as an urbanistic and formal pattern, not as an intellectual concept,” and their plan to transform the event into ”a radically new vision for a world exhibition” has been twisted so that the Expo “will be the same kind of vanity fair that we’ve seen in the past.” Read the full interview here.

William McDonough to be Stanford University’s First Living Archive

NASA Base / William McDonough + Partners and AECOM

William McDonough of William McDonough + Partners has decided to become Stanford University‘s first “” in an effort to change the way we as humans remember and record our daily lives. Although technologies such as FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Vimeo have made verbal and visual documentation a much larger part of our lives, McDonough has decided to record nearly every moment of his day – every day – for the greater, intellectual good.

Read more on McDonough’s archiving process…

Milan Expo 2015

© herzog & demeuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

The conceptual master plan for the World Exposition 2015 resulted from the teamwork of five architects: Jacques Herzog, Mark Rylander, , Stefano Boeri, and William McDonough.  Working with the theme “feeding the planet, energy for life”, the exposition will be a planetary botanical garden that will “feed Milan literally, spiritually and intellectually.”  The architects created the framework for the exposition and organized an orthogonal bridge that contains an agrofood park and is surrounded by water ways.

More about the new concept after the break.