In 2010, Shanghai spared no expense mounting China’s first world expo, which drew some 70 million visitors. This time around, the setting is Milan—specifically, a fairground 20 minutes from the city’s center. More than 100 countries are participating in the event. Its theme—Feeding the Planet—Energy for Life—was an invitation to address world hunger and plans for future food production.
But many countries focused more on creating enticing pavilions than on filling them with information. (That’s just one reason protesters, calling the Expo a waste of money, took to the streets of Milan on opening day.) So expect to be entertained, not educated by the 2015 World Expo, which runs until October 31. There’s a lot for visitors to take in, which is why T+L has pared down the expo to the best, most architecturally compelling pavilions. Consider this your must-see list.