Expo Blog

The Expo Blog is a space for posts on the history, themes, legacies and experience of Expos. It includes articles from the BIE and external contributors.

Vancouver's Expo 1986 transformation

Vancouver's Expo 1986 transformation

Vancouver hosted a Specialised Expo back in 1986 that transformed the sleepy city on the Pacific coast to consistently being voted as one of the most livable cities, where last year it ranked sixth. Expo 1986 propelled the largest city in the Canadian province of British Colombia (BC) on the global spotlight and accelerated the economic development that was much needed to transform it to the global player it is now. Expo 1986 is even credited with helping get BC out of recession as well, which hit the province hard especially in 1982.

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A to Z of Expo Architects: Eberhard Zeidler

A to Z of Expo Architects: Eberhard Zeidler

The last week of this A to Z of Expo architects is dedicated to Eberhard Zeidler, who designed the Canada Pavilion for Specialised Expo 1986 Vancouver, in partnership with Barry Downs.

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An overview of Horticultural Expos and Expo 2019 Beijing

An overview of Horticultural Expos and Expo 2019 Beijing

How the wider horticulture sector and Expos in general highlight the importance of the industry, the challenges and future opportunities.

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A to Z of Expo Architects: Minoru Yamasaki

A to Z of Expo Architects: Minoru Yamasaki

Taking the Y position in the list of Expo Architects is Seattle-born Minoru Yamasaki, who made his breakthrough as an architect by designing the US Science Pavilion for World Expo 1962 in his home city.

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A to Z of Expo Architects: Iannis Xenakis

A to Z of Expo Architects: Iannis Xenakis

This week, the A to Z of Expo Architects turns its focus to Greek-French composer, architect and director Iannis Xenakis, who created the revolutionary Philips Pavilion at World Expo 1958 in partnership with Le Corbusier.

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