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Old February 1st, 2010, 02:07 PM   #401
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Candidates line up to audition for "ceremonial girls" for the expo















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Old February 4th, 2010, 08:54 AM   #403
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China strives for first 'green' Expo
3 February 2010
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China, the world's number one emitter of greenhouse gases, aims to hold the first "green" World Expo in Shanghai, as the sprawling metropolis tries to shed its polluted past and become eco-friendly.

With less than three months to go before Expo opens on May 1, an army of workers is hurrying to turn what was once China's oldest shipyard into an environmentally friendly oasis in the heart of the country's biggest city.

Solar power, recycled rainwater, hybrid engine buses -- organisers and countries participating in the six-month event, expected to draw up to 100 million visitors, are sparing no effort to create a "Better City, Better Life."

"Green thinking, protecting the environment, harmony, low carbon -- these are ideas that not only will we display at Expo, but we need to make each visitor feel them," said Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng.

It will be China's largest solar generation project, said Xu Bo, assistant commissioner general for Expo.

Carbon dioxide emissions will be significantly reduced as a result of the measures taken, said Xu.

Several Expo pavilions have been designed to harness the sun's rays.

Solar panels cover the roof of China's national pavilion, "The Oriental Crown," a 60-metre-tall red upside-down pyramid -- one of a handful of buildings that will remain at the 5.3-square-kilometre (two-square-mile) site.

The separate urbanisation theme pavilion -- big enough to house four passenger planes -- is covered in solar panels, and all the lighting used to illuminate the building at night is energy-efficient.

Organisers say the two buildings alone will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2,500 tonnes by generating the equivalent in electricity of burning 1,000 tonnes of coal -- still Shanghai's main source of power.

The exterior of Japan's pavilion, which officials compare to a giant purple silkworm cocoon, is an intricate layer of flexible solar cells designed to generate between 20 and 30 kilowatts per hour.

The facade of the Swiss Pavilion also experiments with solar batteries that emit flashes once fully charged. The Swiss building also takes rooftop gardens to a new level with a rooftop meadow.

As a sign of the official willingness to make the environment a priority, authorities have warned that factories in the Yangtze River Delta up to 300 kilometres (186 miles) away could be shuttered if on-site air quality is sub-par.

"We'll monitor air quality each day and if it's negative, we'll take emergency measures, including production control or even shutting down certain heavy-polluting companies," said Zhang Quan, head of Shanghai's environmental protection bureau.

Perhaps the most eye-catching eco feature at the Expo site is "Sun Valley" -- visitors are greeted at the main entrance by six 40-metre-tall steel and plastic funnels.

The transparent vase-like structures channel the sunlight and breeze underground to provide natural light and cooling.

They also collect rainwater that will be used to flush toilets and run sprinklers for the vast green spaces that cover a third of the venue.

Beneath "Sun Valley," an underground network of 700 kilometres of pipes will use thermal energy from the earth and river water to provide natural heating and cooling for the site, organisers said.

For transportation, visitors will be ferried around in buses with hybrid engines, and a Chinese electric bicycle manufacturer has donated 100 electric cars and 300 electric bikes for Expo staff.

Shanghai's green initiatives do not stop at the Expo gates -- the city is striving to become a model for sustainable development in China with flagship projects such as an offshore wind farm built southwest of the city.

In an assessment of the Expo's possible impact, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said an event of this scale would inevitably lead to a massive increase in carbon emissions unless serious measures were taken.

Lo Sze Ping, who wrote the report, said the air quality in the city has already improved and investments such as expanding metro and train services to a total of 400 kilometres of lines will leave a lasting green legacy.

"What is interesting to see is how the Expo has helped improve the environment in the city over the past 10 years, and what it will do for the next 10 years," Lo said.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:54 AM   #404
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UK sows seeds of its Expo exhibition
4 February 2010
Shanghai Daily

VISITORS will be invited to watch, touch and recognize more than 60,000 seeds of different plants as the core exhibition of the United Kingdom Pavilion at the World Expo 2010.

They will be surrounded by the seeds in a 20-meter-high hollow cube-like structure with the seeds embedded in the walls and ceilings.

A senior UK official yesterday unveiled the pavilion's exhibition plans, which will feature open-air performances, including works by William Shakespeare, and some star guests.

About 100 visitors can visit the cube at any one time. The seeds will be well-protected and can be planted after the Expo is over.

The seeds demonstrate the concept of sustainability, the diversity of nature and the potential of life, said Carma Elliot, the UK deputy commissioner general. She announced the theme of the pavilion was "Building on the past, shaping our future."

The 6,000-square-meter pavilion is composed of the cube-like structure, known as the "Seed Cathedral" and the area around being designed to look like wrapping paper, signifying a gift of friendship to China.

Large "green maps" of the UK's capital cities - London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast will highlight their extensive green areas.

The "paper" area is as large as a standard football pitch and will be a public area for performances and for children to play football, just like a city park, Elliot said.

The square will have performances every day including ballet, drama, orchestra and dance. Some UK football stars may be on hand to teach soccer skills to children, she said.

The pavilion will also feature London's plans for the 2012 Olympics.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #405
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QUOTE=JUmp*;51058687]"Thailand Pavilion" World Expo 2010

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Old February 11th, 2010, 03:16 PM   #406
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Thailand Pavilion Update : 10/02/2010

http://www.thailandexpo2010.com/th/n...ndex.php?id=72













http://pavilion.expo.cn/c1105/ssize/en/index.html
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Old February 17th, 2010, 03:36 PM   #407
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Poland Pavilion











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Old February 17th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #408
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Britain sows the seeds of change at world fair

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http://blogs.reuters.com/uknews/2010...ld-trade-fair/

How do you persuade 70 million Chinese that Britain is a modern, dynamic economy rather than a fog-bound heritage park filled with characters from a Dickens novel?

That’s the challenge that faced the design team behind the British pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, the huge international trade show that opens in May.

Instead of building a glass box filled with tired images of red buses and Beefeaters, they have come up with a striking, futuristic design which they hope will challenge stereotypes about life in Britain.

Note Britain has the biggest seed/plant Bank/depost in the world.

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Old February 18th, 2010, 01:52 PM   #409
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haa! thailand pavilion looks lika traditional mcdonald's.
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Old February 20th, 2010, 10:02 AM   #410
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I guess thailand's pavilion is one of the most predictable design......
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Old February 24th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #411
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Old February 24th, 2010, 07:33 PM   #412
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That's a real photo?!
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Old February 25th, 2010, 03:54 AM   #413
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that doesnt even look real. amazing!!!
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Old February 25th, 2010, 10:39 AM   #414
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THE CONCEPT DESIGNS OF SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO 2010


At the second floor of Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is a collection of concept designs for Shanghai World Expo. These are in the form of lay-out plans and scale models.

In 2001, eight firms provided Expo concept plans for Shanghai's bid for the 2010 World Expo. The plan submitted by Arch Studio, a French company, was selected as the foundation of Shanghai's Expo bid.






Here are concept plans submitted by two other architectural firms.

Perkins Eastman (USA)






ARUP (UK)



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Old February 25th, 2010, 10:44 AM   #415
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In 2004, the bidding process began for Expo site design plans, and a total of 10 design firms from around the world were invited to participate in the process. Some of the concept lay-outs...

EDAW Co. (USA)




Perkins Eastman (USA)




HPP Co (Germany)




ARUP (UK)




Arch Studio Co (France)




Bing Thom Co (Canada)




RIA Co (Japan)




Tongji University (China)




Southeast University (China)




After six rounds of voting, the field was narrowed down to the three plans offered by ARUP-Rogers JV, Perkins Eastman Architect and Tongji University. These three design plans were combined into a final plan which formed the foundation for the planning of 2010 Expo Shanghai China.






The planning area of Expo 2010 covers a total land area of 6.68 square kilometers (red line bordered area in the satellite image).

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On another hall is a more detailed scale model of the World Expo site...

















The China Pavilion is the core structure of the Expo Site and is one of its permanent buildings. It covers an area 6.52 hectares.




At 120,000 square meters, the 18,000 seat Performance Center will be the largest comprehensive performance arena in China.




The Theme Pavilion covers a total area of 114,557 square meters. It extends 290 meters from north to south. With a width of 190 meters and a height 23.5 meters, it is the largest exhibition hall in Asia in terms of total span.

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Old February 25th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #417
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That UK pavilion is amazing!
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Old February 27th, 2010, 01:47 PM   #418
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Heatherwick's pulled the rabbit out of the hat with the UK pavillion. His practice has only built a few small scale projects and then it comes out with that!

He has however done the same faηade on a Scottish sculpture:

http://www.heatherwick.com/index.php...d=20&Itemid=41

http://www.heatherwick.com/index.php...1&limitstart=3
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Old February 28th, 2010, 06:59 PM   #419
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Pakistan


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Theme pavilion






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im going to shanghai the day after tomorrow for about a week to do some research on the expo! the expo is the subject of my ba thesis and im writing how world expositions effect urban planning, development, and morphology in the host city. all these photos are fantastic. im hoping to get some as well. definitely will be making a stop at the urban planning and exposition center. if anyone has any information or know where i can some, id really appreciate it. thanks!
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