For Expo 2030 Roma, Carlo Ratti Associati imagines “world’s largest urban solar farm”


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Will renewable energy-sharing successfully combat climate change and usher in a cleaner, more sustainable future for urban cities?

Four countries have submitted competing candidatures to organise and host the World Expo 2030—the Republic of Korea (Busan), Italy (Rome), Ukraine (Odesa), and Saudi Arabia (Riyadh). Reigning in the power of the sun, Turin-based Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) together with architect Italo Rota and urbanist Richard Burdett have unveiled their proposed masterplan for Rome’s bid to host the World Expo in 2030 with the ‘Expo Solar Park’, touted to become the ‘world’s largest urban solar farm’ if realised. The envisioned masterplan in Rome explores the concept of ‘energy-sharing’ powered by solar energy. “The project uses renewable energy as the basis for a 21st-century urban commons, with every country contributing to a solar farm that would power the exhibition site and decarbonise the surrounding neighbourhoods,” says CRA.

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Video: Courtesy of CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati


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