Last month, SoA Associate Professor Lisa Schrenk met with Mark Richie, former Secretary of State of Minnesota, to provide advice on the design of international expositions and discuss her impressions of the current world’s fair now underway in Milan, Italy. The Twin Cities are in the process of pulling together a bid for Expo 2023. If successful, the Minnesota exposition will present an event with the theme: Healthy People, Healthy PlanetWellness and Well Being for All. This is an ideal focus for what will be the first international exposition in the United States in over forty years. Minnesota is home to two of America’s cleanest and healthiest cities and over 20 of the world’s most recognized global health and wellness companies including Mayo Clinic and Medtronic.

Dr. Schrenk, who has carried out extensive research on the history of Chicago’s 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition and the 1939-40 Golden Gate Exposition, as well as on issues of sustainability and post-exposition use of more recent fairgrounds, plans to offer her seminar on international expositions next spring giving CAPLA students a chance to better understand these amazing world-wide events and possible contribute to the design process of a future world’s fair.

 If you can’t make it to Milan this summer, the next international expositions are scheduled for Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017 and Dubai, UAE in 2020.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 9:15am