History - Commissariato Italiano Esposizione Universale di Shanghai 2010

The 1940s

1942 – Rome, Italy
Rome was to have held the Universal Exhibition of Rome (EUR) in 1942, but it was cancelled due to the outbreak of the war. Between 1937 and 1942 Marcello Piacentini built the district of EUR for the occasion. The main feature of this architectural structure is the so called ‘Square Colosseum’, a nickname given to the Italian Cultural Building Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (also known as ‘Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro’) and designed by the architects Guerrini, La Padula and Romano who were inspired by metaphysical art.