Expos: This week in the news - 10 July 2020


▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai partners with Terminus Technologies for robotics

Expo 2020 Dubai has partnered with Chinese smart technology firm Terminus Technologies to deploy 150 programmable robots that can interact with visitors and to set up the its first headquarters outside China at District 2020 – the legacy area of the Expo. Arabian Business

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Expo 2020 Dubai launches partnerships to power start-ups

Expo 2020 Dubai’s legacy project District 2020 has launched a support programme for start-ups called Scale2Dubai in partnership with Dubai SME and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF). The programme, which is now accepting expressions of interest, will provide guidance, connections, and funding to high-potential start-ups and small businesses. Dubai Forum

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Monaco pavilion: the walls are up

The Monaco pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is making good progress after one year of construction, with the assembly of the exterior walls almost complete and the glass for the solar panels currently being assembled. Designed by Monegasque architect Olivier Deverini in collaboration with the OOS agency, the pavilion will occupy a surface area of 1,700m2. La Gazette de Monaco

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Expo 2020 provides launchpad for innovation

Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase emerging energy-efficient technologies from across the world when it opens its doors in October 2021. These technologies notably include smart bathrooms from Australia, futureproof handwash systems from Switzerland, and self-driving vehicles from the UAE. Meed

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▶ Expo 2010 Shanghai

Reliving the memory of Expo 2010 Shanghai

As part of a three-part series commemorating the 10th anniversary of Expo 2010 Shanghai, the People’s Daily features descriptions and photographs of some Expo highlights including the China pavilion, the world’s largest LED screen, the Japan pavilion, and the Philippines pavilion. People’s Daily 

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Expos: This week in the news - 26 June 2020


Expo 2020 Dubai: Reconnecting the world to shape the future

In an interview with the BIE, Severi Keinälä, Commissioner General for Finland, Clayton Kimpton, Commissioner General for New Zealand, Fahad A. Alyabis, Commissioner General for Saudi Arabia, and Laura Faulkner OBE, Commissioner General for the United Kingdom, reflect on the opportunities Expo 2020 Dubai will bring to the post-Covid era.

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▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Reem Al Hashimy: Expo 2020 solidarity shows optimism

In an interview with Emarat Al Youm, UAE Minister for International Cooperation and Expo 2020 Dubai Director General Reem Al Hashimy indicates that work towards Expo 2020 continues at a regular pace, with all actors adapting to the situation. The Minister emphasises that the World Expo will be an excellent opportunity to promote joint action and that the solidarity of participating countries demonstrates optimism in the future. Emarat Al Youm

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Poland selects consortium for pavilion content

A consortium of three firms has been selected by the Polish Trade and Investment Agency (PAIH) to create the content experience of the country’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The multimedia experience will notably highlight Poland’s resourcefulness in the health crisis and will address the post-pandemic reality. Mamstartup

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United States reveals revised plans for Expo 2020 pavilion

The team behind the United States pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has shared its updated plans in a video conference, which included the US Ambassador to the UAE and Commissioner General John Rakolta, Jr. The pavilion, which is currently under construction, will have four main exhibits focusing on the ‘American experience’: opportunity, invention, innovation, and freedom. Khaleej Times

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Netherlands pavilion as a “harvesting machine”

David Spierings, the lead architect for the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, speaks with Construction Week about how the structure has been designed as a a sustainable biotope or a “harvesting machine” that will explore the connection between water, energy and food. Construction of the pavilion is set to reach 80 per cent by July. Construction Week

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▶ Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere

Floriade “on its way to a successful Expo”

The Director of Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere has said that the event will “surprise the world in 2022”, adding that the “Growing Green Cities” theme is more relevant than ever. Some 33 countries and 210 companies have so far committed to participating in the International Horticultural Expo. Blooloop

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Construction of Floriade cable car set to begin in September

Work is set to begin after summer on the cable car that will transport visitors across the site of Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere. The cable car, which will span 850 metres over the Weerwater, will offer panoramic views of the Expo site. Omroep Flevoland

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Expos: This week in the news - 12 June 2020


International symposium for the XXIII Triennale

The theme of the 23rd edition of the Triennale di Milano International Exhibition was the focus of discussions during the second symposium entitled “The Earth seen from the Moon”, held on 11 June. BIE Secretary General Dimitri S. Kerkentzes participated in the symposium alongside prominent figures from the world of art, design, culture and science.

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▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

“Covid-19 strengthens the need for a World Expo”

Hans Sandee, the Consul General of the Netherlands in Dubai, addresses the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai, and the need for a World Expo in the post-Covid-19 era. While businesses are focused now on managing the current crisis, he notes that there is a great deal of interest and excitement about Expo 2020. VNO-NCW

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Lithuania seeks design for pavilion interior

The Ministry of the Environment of Lithuania is calling on original proposals for the interior and content of its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, following the postponement of the event to 2021. The proposals must present the country while addressing the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, and will be assessed by a panel of experts and architects. Diena

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Germany’s pavilion adjusts for 2021

In a video interview with Construction Week, Sebastian Rosito, the Director and Deputy Commissioner General of Germany at Expo 2020 Dubai, outlines the strategy to proceed with the construction of the pavilion – which is 60% complete – and the ongoing development of its exhibition content. Construction Week

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Construction of Hungary’s pavilion on track

Construction on Hungary’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is proceeding according to schedule, with work on the interior of the timber-framed building to begin shortly. Inspired by legendary architect Imre Makovecz, the pavilion will be a “house of water” in the desert. Hirado

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H55: the Expo that revealed Scandinavian design to the world

Specialised Expo 1955 Helsingborg – known as H55 – was a showcase of modern living made possible by simple and innovative designs. On the occasion of its 65th anniversary, learn how this iconic Expo put the global spotlight on Scandinavian design.

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Expos: This week in the news - 19 June 2020


▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 construction projects to be completed this year

Organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai are planning to close all open construction projects before the end of 2020, Ahmed Al Khatib, the Chief Development and Delivery Officer, has indicated, adding that several countries are close to finishing their pavilions. The National

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The progress of Thailand’s pavilion

Speaking to Construction Week, Ajarin Pattanapanchai, Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society and Commissioner General at Expo 2020 Dubai, discusses the progress of the country’s pavilion – the largest Expo pavilion Thailand has ever had - and its content, focused on digital technologies. Construction Week

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Italy sees Expo 2020 as critical to relaunch economy

Expo 2020 Dubai will be “the first opportunity for relaunching Italy’s productive system”, the country’s Commissioner General Paolo Glisenti has stated, as a new video is released highlighting the continuing work being done on the country’s pavilion. The National

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Latvia continues Expo 2020 preparations

Latvia’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is set to continue following the postponement of the event to October 2021, indicated Kaspars Rožkalns, Director of the Latvian Investment and Development Agency. The Ministry of Economics has emphasised the Expo will be an opportunity for “Latvian entrepreneurs to present themselves as producers of innovative, unique and competitive products”. TV NET

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▶ Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

Osaka chooses theme for its Expo 2025 pavilion

Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City will have a pavilion at Expo 2025 with the theme “REBORN”. This theme will notably look at the future of new, contactless and connected ways of living that have emerged with the Covid-19 pandemic. SankeiBiz

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▶ Expo 2015 Milan

Human Technopole opens to researchers

The Human Technopole – the life sciences research institute located on the former site of Expo 2015 Milan – has held a virtual opening ceremony, involving more than 200 scientists from Italian universities and research centres. Yahoo

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Expos: This week in the news - 5 June 2020


▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Embracing a sense of place at Expo 2020 Dubai

In an interview with Interior Design, architect and designer Asif Khan reveals his R&D-based approach to developing the public realm - including the entrance portals - for the Expo 2020 Dubai site. Through concourses inspired by desert trails, native flora such as the Ghaf tree providing shade, and aromatic plants such as the neem tree, visitors to the Expo will be plunged into the region’s past and future. Interior Design

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Thailand reaches new stage in pavilion construction

Thailand’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has reached 55% completion, with work now finished on the main structure of the building, the country’s Commissioner General Ajarin Pattanapanchai has indicated. Work is now progressing on the pavilion’s system engineering, building architecture and interior architecture. Construction Week

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Luxembourg’s pavilion takes shape

Construction work is continuing on Luxembourg’s Expo 2020 pavilion in the respect of strict health and safety measures on the 2,270m2 plot. The Economic Interest Group managing the project has indicated that it is looking at different options for the timetable of the pavilion’s completion, now that the one-year delay has significantly extended the deadlines. L’Essentiel

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Symposium to discuss 2022 edition of Triennale di Milano

Triennale Milano is organising a second symposium gathering diverse international figures to discuss the theme of the XXIII Triennale di Milano international exhibition. The symposium, which will be live streamed, will take place at 4pm CEST on 11 June.

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Expo 2000 Hannover, the World Expo that anticipated the new millennium

Dedicated to “Humankind-Nature-Technology”, Expo 2000 Hannover offered visitors a glimpse of how 21st century lifestyles can be balanced with respect for nature. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its opening, a look back at some of the more remarkable aspects of Germany’s World Expo.

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