Arup is working with Carlo Ratti and other consultants to support Rome’s candidacy for the Expo 2030 during the inspection visit of the BIE, Bureau International des Expositions, which will take place in Rome from the 18th to the 22nd of April.

This is one of the most important moments in the path towards the final vote of Expo 2030, scheduled for 23 November with the vote of 171 countries.

During the week, the BIE Delegates, accompanied by Committee President Giampiero Massolo and Director General Giuseppe Scognamiglio, will meet with the main Italian institutions, President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Mayor of Rome Roberto Gualtieri, and President of the Region Francesco Rocca, with the main aim of demonstrating the support of all the highest institutional levels for the bid.

The objective of the inspection visit is to verify the contents and feasibility of the candidacy dossier (bidfile) presented by the promoting committee on 7 September in Paris. The inspection will be divided into 9 working sessions in which the 21 chapters of the bid file will be addressed and discussed, in the presence of the consultants who drafted them under the guidance of Technical Director Matteo Gatto and Director of Strategy, Planning and Communication Livio Vanghetti. The final objective is to provide delegates with a concrete verification of the project's feasibility.

As part of a wider design team, Arup actively contributed to the development of the sustainability strategy, infrastructure design and costing for the masterplan for Rome's bid to host the World Expo in 2030. 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 decarbonize the surrounding neighborhoods. All pavilions in the Italian capital - including the revamped “Vele” complex by Santiago Calatrava - are designed to be fully reusable, turning the area into an innovation district after the event.