World Expo 2000

Having won the right to host the millennial World EXPO, the Mayor of Hannover, Jobst Fielder, was determined to make his city a living demonstration of sustainability. He visited the Earth Centre in 1996 and asked us to advise him on his Expo. The World Expo Commission ultimately repelled Jobst’s idea and the trade fair site – the Messe – was instead deployed to host an extraordinary, if expensive, exhibition of all things sustainability. An astonishingly visionary event, perhaps it was part of the reason Germany has embraced sustainability in its politics? But it would have been so much better had the mayor got his way.