Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano
Faculty Host: Andrew Shanken
Area of Research: Architectural History: World Fairs
In the artificial space of a World Exposition many differences among parts are cancelled. Geography is compressed, but at the same time emphasized because of unnatural nearness. World Fairs were born of the Industrial Revolution as instruments to fix the state of the art of man’s achievements, to capitalize, make profit and establish relations. Today these aims have been completely overtaken, but governments still back the bids to have Expos in their cities. The research discerns Expos as the means to link the scientific and spiritual research of architecture with its psychological and political influence.