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Old December 1st, 2009, 12:30 PM   #381
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From the look of those aerial photos, there appears to be no ongoing work at the observation tower converted from a chimney.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #382
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DESIGN, CONCEPT OF TAIWAN PAVILION FOR SHANGHAI EXPO REVEALED


http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...xpo/index.html

TAIPEI, Dec 16 Asia Pulse - The design and concept of Taiwan's pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 was officially revealed Tuesday in Taipei, with high-ranking officials from the expo's organizing committee coming to promote the much-anticipated event.

The Taiwan pavilion, which is designed by renowned Taiwanese architect Lee Chu-yuan, features a theme revolving around nature and soul.

The outside structure of the pavilion resembles a "sky lantern" or "Kong Ming lantern, " which people fly during Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival to pray for happiness, safety and health. It is a steel structure covered with smart film, a new kind of smart glass technology that adjusts to light under electric pressure to switch between a transparent and a semi-opaque state.

Hanging down from the roof of the Taiwan Pavilion is a gigantic globe made of a panoramic light-emitting diode (LED) screen, which will display projections of Taiwan's natural and cultural images.

Lee said that while the 20th Century world expos empathized on technology civilization, the 21st Century expos should be focused on the spiritual and soulful aspects of human beings.

Wang Chih-kang, chairman of the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) -- which is in charge of the Taiwan pavilion project -- said that Taiwan's participation in the 2010 World Expo is of special significance, as it will be the first time in 40 years that it was invited.

Taiwan had not participated in world expos over the past four decades because the country is not a member of the Paris-based Bureau of International Exhibitions. It was blocked from becoming a member of the Bureau due to opposition from China, which considers Taiwan a part of its territory and objects to Taiwan participating in groups whose members are normally countries. With improving relations between Beijing and Taipei, however, Taiwan received invitation from China on May 21 this year to take part in the event it is hosting.

Wang noted that the construction of the Taiwan pavilion is going according to schedule, with the exhibition hall's steel structure completed on Dec. 10. It took less than four months for workers to finish the pavilion's steel structure, since construction started in August, according to Wang, adding that the exhibition will be installed by the end of March and trial operations will start in April.

Zhong Yanqun, a deputy director of the World Expo 2010 Shanghai Executive Committee, was among a delegation of the Shanghai Expo organizing committee who attended the ceremony to officially reveal what the Taiwan pavilion will look like.

With 137 days to go before the Shanghai Expo opens, Zhong expressed great confidence in the event, saying that the construction and preparation work are going smoothly and that the event is expected to attract a record 70 million visitors.

"I sincerely invite people from Taiwan to visit the 2010 Shanghai Expo," Zhong said. "As the events emblem is trying to represent, the expo will not only serve as the platform for cultural exchanges, but also a special occasion for people from around the world to gather joyfully together."
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Old December 19th, 2009, 06:27 AM   #383
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http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article...amp;type=Metro
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12m-ticket sale elates Expo

By Yang Jian | 2009-12-19 | NEWSPAPER EDITION

TICKET sales for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo have gone beyond expectations to exceed 12 million, said the event's organizer, who urged people not to believe anyone claiming to provide tickets cheaper than the official prices.

Travel agencies, which will qualify for discounts as group ticket buyers, won't be able to get the tickets until the 2010 event begins. That means nobody will get discounted tickets before the event, said Chen Xianjin, deputy director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

Chen spoke to media as seven Chinese provinces started arranging their exhibitions at China's joint-provincial pavilion.

The bureau has noticed that some people were selling tickets online claiming to be cheaper than the official prices, said Chen. However, so far not a single fake ticket had been discovered among those sold.

The bureau urged people to buy their tickets at the more than 5,300 outlets of four major ticket agents - China Mobile, China Telecom, China Post and the Bank of Communications - to avoid buying fake tickets.

The Expo's planners had set a target of selling more than 10 million tickets by the end of the year.

About 55 percent of the tickets were bought by people in the Yangtze Delta Region. Shanghai accounted for 20 percent.

A standard ticket to the Expo costs 160 yuan (US$23.43), but people can enjoy a 20 yuan discount until the end of this year. The discount will be 10 yuan from January to the opening of the Expo in May.

Read more: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/article...#ixzz0a6bS4Arl
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Old December 21st, 2009, 11:05 PM   #384
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Russian pavilion

In 2008 according to the results of the contest for the best architectural idea of the pavilion the architect bureau "P.A.P. ER architectural team" was admitted as the winner among twenty three architect workshops of the country.

According to the chosen architectural project an idea of three-parts became the foundation of the Russian pavilion composition solution. The pavilion consists of three main elements: 12 white-gold towers, the cube "hovering in the clouds" lying on the foundations of all twelve towers and the internal installation.

Project renders.




The pavilion towers are going up symbolizing rapidly growing megapolises with skyscrapers of nonlinear architecture. White-gold color of the towers resembles historical images of the Russian architecture, perforation of the upper tower parts is created basing on ethnic ornaments of the nations populating Russia.

The pavilion plan is similar to Slavic settlements, it symbolizes "the flower of life" or the sun, roots of "the world tree" (a spreading oak among the Slavs) where "the life heavens" lie. The towers "roots" are oriented to the center of the composition and support "the civilization cube" connected with a symbol "man".

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The elements of the cube external decoration can move and that organizes huge surfaces of "the living facade" which by reflecting the sky, the towers, greenery and people will create an image of a giant living being at daytime. At night with the help of special lighting even more stunning effect of the changing light-color-dynamic screen is created.

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Old December 28th, 2009, 11:40 PM   #385
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Is Expo opens only from May through October?
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Old December 30th, 2009, 12:31 AM   #386
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The Belgian / European Pavilion. Looks rather bland but with an interesting concept of featuring a "brain cell" in its centre.

The Pavilion seems to be shared between Belgium and the European Union.

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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:02 PM   #387
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:05 PM   #388
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Nice pics........
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 01:30 AM   #389
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clean your lenses for god's sake.........

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Old January 3rd, 2010, 06:48 PM   #390
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In Bjarke Ingels´s Facebook there is a images of danish pavillion in construction but i dont know how to copy
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Old January 4th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #391
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Clinton boosts chances of US presence at Shanghai Expo
Fund-raising effort has netted $54m for pavilion

3 January 2010
The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON - In the hectic last week before she became secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton squeezed in a Bon Jovi benefit concert in New York, part of a frantic effort to pay off the debt from her presidential campaign. No sooner had she arrived at the State Department than Clinton discovered she needed to start raising money all over again.

This time, the cash-starved beneficiary was not her own campaign but the United States, which needed $61 million to finance the construction of a national pavilion at a world's fair in Shanghai. Under federal law, no public money could be used. And Clinton, as a federal official, could no longer solicit private financial donations herself.

So she turned to her well-established network of Clinton fund- raisers, and after negotiating with the State Department's lawyers about what she could legally do herself to support the project, she mounted an ambitious fund-raising campaign that has netted nearly $54 million in barely nine months.

With multimillion-dollar pledges from PepsiCo, General Electric, Chevron, and other US corporations, the United States is on track to open a sleek, 60,000-square-foot pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010, which runs from May through October.

The prospect of the nation's chief diplomat asking for money worried government lawyers, according to officials. Referring to the first secretary of state, one lawyer asked, "Would Thomas Jefferson do this?" They imposed strict limits on the kinds of calls or other contacts she could make, allowing her to promote the pavilion but prohibiting any one-on-one appeals for cash.

Despite those restrictions, and a dismal economy, Clinton is closing in on her $61 million goal. She is clearly proud of the effort, which staved off what could have been a rupture in American- Chinese relations. In a year in which she has mostly worked to prove herself a loyal member of the Obama team, the campaign also showcases her enduring political drawing power.

"The idea, for many people, of raising more than $50 million would seem really daunting," Clinton said in an interview. "Maybe because I had participated in raising so much money in the past, I wasn't daunted by it."

By all accounts, the effort to build a national pavilion was near death at the end of the Bush administration. The near-collapse of the global economy, the proximity of the expo to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, and the general ambivalence of the State Department toward these events had left USA Pavilion, the nonprofit group in charge of the project, with little money.

"There is a sense in the US that Americans got disenchanted" with world's fairs, said Nick Winslow, a former Warner Bros. theme park executive who is the president of USA Pavilion.

With deadlines passing, the Chinese advanced the Americans money to conduct technical work for the pavilion. They raised the issue with former president Jimmy Carter when he visited China last January, pressing him to get a message to President Obama.

Enter Clinton, who made her first trip as secretary of state to Beijing in February and was eager to talk about trade, climate change, and the North Korean nuclear threat. Instead, she got an earful about how bad it would be if the United States did not have a presence at the expo.

For the Chinese, the expo is a bookend to the Olympics. Shanghai is spending $45 billion to transform the city, even more than Beijing spent preparing for the games. Nearly 200 countries have signed on to take part, leaving only the United States and Andorra as potential no-shows.

"I was dumbfounded that so little attention had been paid to it," Clinton said. "Everyone knows China is going to be an enormously powerful player in the 21st century. They have an expo, which is a kind of rite of passage that countries like to do to show they have arrived. We're not there? What does that say? I mean, it would have been a terrible message."

She said she did not relish the prospect of more fund-raising - "When would it ever end?" she recalled asking herself - but she promised Chinese officials that she would try to raise the money.

The last time the United States took part in a world's fair, in Aichi, Japan, in 2005, half the cost of the national pavilion was underwritten by Toyota.

Fred Wertheimer, a political fund-raising specialist, said he was satisfied that a difficult situation was handled properly.

"This appears to be an effort by the State Department to deal with a complicated diplomatic problem rather than some kind of inappropriate conduct," he said. "It would have been far better if the US government was able to pay for the activity involved, but that does not appear to have been the case."
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Old January 7th, 2010, 04:55 PM   #392
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Fire response time at Expo just 3 minutes
7 January 2010
Shanghai Daily

FIRE engines will be able to reach any fire inside the World Expo site within three minutes, two minutes faster than the city's average speed, local authorities said yesterday.

Five permanent fire control stations, four temporary ones and a fire control port on the 5.28-square-kilometer Expo site will be able to spot a fire within a minute and send firemen to the scene in three minutes during the six-month event, said the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau.

A new amphibian fire control station at the Expo site - the first in the city - will be put into use in March.

The Linyi station, at the Pudong section near the Nanpu Bridge, will have a port for three fireboats, and will watch for fire not only on land, but on the Huangpu River, which bisects the Expo site.

About 60 percent of the construction of the Expo fire-control buildings has been completed, and the rest will be ready in April, according to Zhou Meiliang, an official with the bureau.

Qian Bin, also of the fire control bureau, said Shanghai has built 42 stations in the past six years at a cost of nearly 1 billion yuan (US$146 million).

By May 1, Expo's opening day, the city will have 120 stations. Still to come: The Hongqiao station, opening in April. It will function as a fire control hub, covering the Great Hongqiao area, including Changning and part of Minhang and Qingpu districts.

Shanghai has a higher incidence of fire accidents than most places in China because of the large number of people, goods and businesses, said Chen Fei, director of the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau.

But the scarcity of land in the downtown area and the high cost of relocation are hampering construction of new stations, said Qu Weikang, another official of the bureau.
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Old January 7th, 2010, 11:51 PM   #393
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I read a couple of weeks ago in Xinhua that DPRK is also participating in the expo. Does anyone have any info or pictures of the DPRK pavillion?
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Old January 8th, 2010, 12:34 AM   #394
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photos by aaasgirl, this...looks fake, like in a game..



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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:11 AM   #395
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woah, great pictures

I really want to visit.. but got so much to do this summer already =\
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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:17 AM   #396
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Wow, great pictures. Hope there will be more of these soon. Its a shame that most of these buildings will be lost after the show is completed though. Anyone know what they will be doing with the land afterwards?
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Old January 8th, 2010, 06:55 AM   #397
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Sérgio Issberner what is that ?? i'll have to report you...
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Old January 9th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #398
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why even ask lol...
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Old January 9th, 2010, 05:41 AM   #399
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good light work Tnx for pictures
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Old January 21st, 2010, 06:42 AM   #400
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if anyone can get some photos of the expo site that would be awesome! i am writing my ba for geography on the 2010 world expo and how it will affect urban planning, the infrastructure, services, the community, of shanghai. any other information would be greatly appreciated too! ive applied for a grant thatll pay for a trip there. this would be my fourth time visiting the city. fingers crossed i get it!
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