The Expo 2015 area: an opportunity to plan the future - Contractors queuing up and a local area undergoing continuous development are what characterise the design and planning phases of Expo 2015. As for the contents and inheritance that the event will bequeath to Milan, to the local area and to residents, all of this is placed on the back burner. The land on which the Expo site will be situated is at the centre of attention, but a potentially much vaster area needs to be assessed and exploited more fully. In this broader perspective, the area involved is that of the waterways and the historical ‘Asse Sempione’, understood in a wider sense as ‘Quadrante ovest Lombardia’, the pivotal junction for traffic circulation in Lombardy and for access to southern Europe. Eyes need to zoom in selectively on procedures already underway. A few strategic measures should be singled out for special attention and skills and know-how should be supervised in a coordinated manner. In this way word can be more easily spread about the added value that the area has to offer, and an ‘immaterial’, barrier-free Expo accessible to the largest possible number of visitors can be fostered.