Shanghai Special

The search for a blueprint for the future at the World Expo 2010
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Cirque du Soleil, Canada Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

1 / 6 Cirque du Soleil, Canada Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

3XN architects, Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

2 / 6 3XN architects, Denmark Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

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SLOT, Mexico Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

4 / 6 SLOT, Mexico Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

WWA Architects, Poland Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

5 / 6 WWA Architects, Poland Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

Heatherwick Studios, United Kingdom Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China

6 / 6 Heatherwick Studios, United Kingdom Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010, China


With nearly 55% of the world's population now living in cities, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo focuses on the idea of sustainable urban living. As well as pavilions from over 100 countries, the 2010 World Expo - the theme of which is 'Better City, Better Life' - includes five central 'theme' pavilions - Urban Footprints, Urban Planet, Urban Dwellers, Urban Beings, and Urban Dreams - all exploring the idea of sustainable urban living.

Highlights include the Indian pavilion, which resembles a Buddhist stupa with a huge dome structure on which there are solar panels, wind power and herb gardens, and Thomas Heatherwick’s 6000 square-metre British pavilion - with its radiating spines moving freely in the breeze - which seeks to raise awareness of the Millennium Seed Bank Conservation Project.


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