Expos: This week in the news - 9 August 2019

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WORLD EXPOS

▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Construction begins on Morocco’s pavilion

 

Ground has been broken in the construction of the pavilion of Morocco on the site of Expo 2020 Dubai. Built on a plot of almost 1,500m2, the pavilion will convey the image of a Morocco “rich in talent, source of inspiration and land of opportunity”, with an architectural style inspired by ancestral methods of earthen construction. Daily Morocco

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More than 70 nationalities among Expo Volunteer applications

Over 75,000 people from more than 70 countries have thus far registered to be volunteers at Expo 2020 Dubai, according to Organisers. All those with a valid UAE identity card are eligible to apply to become a volunteer at the next World Expo. MSN 

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Romania selects “New Nature” design for Expo 2020 pavilion

A pavilion design by Cumulus Architecture Office has been selected to represent Romania at Expo 2020 Dubai. Set to be in the Sustainability District and themed “New Nature”, the pavilion, covered by white ceramic, will showcase a new model for balancing humankind and nature. The Institute

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Jordan signs Expo 2020 participation agreement

The participation of Jordan in Expo 2020 Dubai has been confirmed with the Government and Expo Organiser signing the participation agreement. Jordan News Agency

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Expo 2020 Dubai content to dazzle visitors

With more than 60 events every day, Expo 2020 Dubai will offer visitors “the most dazzling show”, according to Shekhar Kapur, who is an advisor to Expo 2020 with a focus on content. The celebrated filmmaker said that the Expo is about “speaking to the future” and that there is significant emotional, national, political and scientific purpose behind the event. Khaleej Times

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Croatia’s Expo 2020 pavilion design selected

Following an architectural contest, Croatia has selected the design of the country’s national pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed by Real Group, the 2,000m2 pavilion in the Mobility District will highlight bold Croatian projects, ideas, inventions, people and teams under the theme “Mobility of the Mind". Narod

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Armenia to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai

Armenia’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai was formalized on 25 July when Minister of the Economy and Chief Commissioner Tigran Khachatryan signed the country’s participation contract. Armenpress

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▶ Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai 

Expo 2025 to seek public input for logo design

The Secretary General of the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, Hiroyuki Ishige, has announced that the public will be asked to submit ideas for the logo of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. Ideas will be solicited from early September, with the final logo design set to be known by spring 2020. Japan Times

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SPECIALISED EXPOS

▶ Expo 1998 Lisbon 

Álvaro Siza reflects on creating Portugal’s Pavilion at Expo 1998 Lisbon

Pritzker-Prize winning architect Álvaro Siza spoke to Dezeen about the creative process in designing Portugal’s pavilion at Expo 1998 Lisbon. Faced with the challenge of conceiving an impressive structure whose legacy purpose had not yet been decided upon, Siza opted to create two parts: an iconic 70-metre canopy, alongside an adaptable exhibition area. Dezeen

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HORTICULTURAL EXPOS

▶ Expo 2019 Beijing

National Days celebrated at Expo 2019 Beijing

In recent weeks, Expo 2019 Beijing has marked the National Days of Rwanda, Myanmar, Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, VanuatuThailand and Mali. Each of these days involved special performances and ceremonies in the presence of dignitaries.

Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere

Mayor Weerwind: Expo 2022 will not be a traditional Floriade

In an interview, the Mayor of Almere Franc Weerwind explains why Almere is an ambitious city and that by hosting Expo 2022, it is creating a sustainable, car-free residential area. The Mayor adds that Expo 2022 will seek to be exemplary, showing the world the vision of a city of the future. Floriade Expo 2022

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Expos: This week in the news - 19 July 2019

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WORLD EXPOS

▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Forest of Lights to dazzle visitors to Montenegro’s pavilion 

Montenegro has unveiled its pavilion design for Expo 2020 Dubai, where it will participate in the Sustainability District under the theme “Montenegro – Blessed by Nature”. Designed by Matija Vudovic, the pavilion will let visitors discover the country’s beauty, cultural heritage and vision for a sustainable future. Construction Week Online

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Bus tours to offer sneak preview of Expo site

Members of the public from across the UAE are being invited by Expo 2020 Dubai to take part in ‘The World’s Greatest Show in the Making’ tour, a free sneak preview of the Expo site aboard colourful coaches. The tours are taking places from 20 July to 31 August. Emirates 24/7

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Expo 2020 Dubai launches ‘Tawassul’ media system

Expo 2020 Dubai has launched its dedicated media system, dubbed ‘Tawassul’ (meaning connect). The online platform provides journalists with all key information and updates on media services and operations.

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Competition to design Expo 2020’s drinking fountains

In association with Art Jameel, Expo 2020 Dubai has launched a competition to design the 45+ water fountains for the site of Expo 2020 Dubai. UAE creators and those with links to the country are encouraged to submit ideas for innovative drinking fountains inspired by the symbolism of the traditional ‘Sabeel’ community fountain by 31 August. Architectural Digest Middle East

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Germany’s pavilion to showcase world’s first ropeless elevator

Germany’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is set to showcase the world’s first ropeless elevator, powered by magnetic technology and capable of moving both vertically and horizontally. The National

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Australia breaks ground on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

The team behind Australia’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai have broken ground on the structure, which will cover 2,500m2 and stand 21 metres high. Construction Week Online

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El Salvador to take part in Expo 2020 Dubai

The President of the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of El Salvador (PROESA), Salvador Gómez Góchez, who has been appointed Commissioner General for El Salvador, has indicated that the country will promote its economy and share its traditions at Expo 2020 Dubai. Diario Co Latino

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Youth focus for Tunisia’s Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

The pavilion of Tunisia at Expo 2020 Dubai, spanning 400m2, will be dedicated to the theme “Inspiring Youth, Promising Future”. Leaders

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HORTICULTURAL EXPOS

▶ Expo 2019 Beijing

Bahamas National Day event held at Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing

The National Day of the Bahamas was celebrated on 14 July at Expo 2019 Beijing, with the country’s pavilion seeing a spike in visitors and several performances taking place. Xinhua

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Expo 2019 Beijing marks National Day of Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic put on a range of cultural performances on 16 July on the occasion of its National Day celebrations at Expo 2019 Beijing. Xinhua

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Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere

Aeres University unveils ‘Green Lung’ pavilion

Aeres University of Applied Sciences has presented its pavilion for Floriade Expo 2022, which will serve as a ‘green lung’ due to its focus on sustainability and circularity. The structure, part of which will serve as a reception area during the Expo, forms part of the University’s Flevo Campus. Almere Deze Week

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Expos: This week in the news - 28 June 2019

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WORLD EXPOS

▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Work begins on UK pavilion at Expo 2020

The UK’s International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has broken ground on the UK pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Inspired by AI, the Es Devlin-designed pavilion, spanning 3,417m2 over two levels, is themed “Innovating for a Shared Future”. Khaleej Times

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On-site nursery cultivates native shrubs and trees for Expo 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai’s on-site foliage nursery is cultivating 340 species of native shrubs and trees capable of thriving in the desert environment, and which will be used to decorate the Expo site. The nursery, which is pesticide-free, currently contains 400,000 shrubs and over 13,000 trees. The National

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The Netherlands breaks ground on Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

In a ceremony on the site of Expo 2020 Dubai, the Netherlands kicked off the construction of its pavilion for the next World Expo. Before launching the works, Dutch Commissioner General Hans Sandee presented a bottle of water harvested from the air in the Netherlands, in line with the theme of the pavilion “Uniting Water Food and Energy”. ME Construction News

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Luxembourg reveals details of its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

Luxembourg has unveiled further details of its Mobius-strip-inspired pavilion at Expo 2020. Situated on a 2,270m2 plot and featuring a 140-metre ramp, the pavilion will showcase the country’s diversity, durability and nature, including elements from the Mullerthal. Delano

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Albania to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai

Albania will participate in the Expo 2020 Dubai, where it will have a pavilion in the Mobility District. The country’s Commissioner General Sokol Nano – the Executive Director of the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA) – signed the participation contract. ATA

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▶ Expo 2020 Osaka Kansai

Key role of Kansai youth in Expo 2025

After being an essential component of Japan’s bid project to host World Expo 2025, Kansai youth group WAKAZO continues to play a role in the Expo project, having launched the ‘backpacker project’ to identify real-life issues across the world in helping to achieve the SDGs. The Japan News

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HORTICULTURAL EXPOS

▶ Expo 2019 Beijing

France celebrates National Day at Expo 2019 Beijing

 

On 21 June, France marked its National Day at Expo 2019 Beijing with a series of cultural events as well as the announcement of joint Sino-French environmental projects. People’s Daily

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Uganda National Day held at Expo 2019 Beijing

Uganda’s National Day at Expo 2019 Beijing was marked on 22 June a series of artistic activities and cultural shows. ECNS

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National Day of Djibouti marked at Expo 2019 Beijing

Visitors to Expo 2019 Beijing were treated to artistic performances to mark Djibouti’s National Day on 27 June. Xinhua

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Building a sponge city: lessons from the Netherlands

The vital issue of sponge cities was the focus of a discussion within the Netherlands’ pavilion at Expo 2019 Beijing. For Peter Verdaasdonk, CEO of Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere, developing sponge cities are able to address the issue of too much water as well the scarcity of water. CGTN

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▶ Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere

Floriade Expo 2022 creates opportunities

In the two years since it was launched, Floriade Werkbedrijf – an employment programme launched by Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere, has allowed 50 people to rejoin the labour market. With site construction to step up a pace, it is expected that more unemployed people will find job opportunities with the Expo. Almere Deze Week

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TRIENNALE DI MILANO

The reinvention of ecology on display at the Triennale 

Art critic Jonathon Keats explores some of the ‘restorative design’ ideas presented at the XXII Triennale di Milano, including Thomas Thwaites’ unconventional ‘goat prosthetics’ project. Forbes

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Expos: This week in the news - 5 July 2019

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IN FOCUS

Changes in the urban landscape of Expo cities

How does organising an Expo transform the urban landscape of the host city? Lea Petrović Krajnik offers a detailed analysis of the intensity of structural changes catalysed by Expos of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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WORLD EXPOS

▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Augmented reality at heart of latest World Majlis session

 

The latest session of Expo 2020 Dubai’s World Majlis series took place on 2 July in London under the theme “Beyond Reality – Welcoming New Worlds”, with attendees discussing the potential of new technologies including augmented reality and mirror worlds. Emirates 24/7

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World Government Summit to take place during Expo 2020

Dubai will host its “biggest yet” World Government Summit on 22-25 November 2020 in the framework of Expo 2020 Dubai. Expected to gather 100,000 participants through its different activities, the summit will “represent the intellectual hub of Expo 2020.” Gulf News

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Dome takes centre stage at Expo 2020 site

Al Wasl Plaza, the centrepiece of Expo 2020 Dubai featuring a 130-metre wide steel trellis dome, is coming together on the site of the next World Expo. Gulf Construction highlights the story behind the dome’s impressive realisation. Gulf Construction

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Preparations for Expo 2020 on track at all levels, top officials say

Top officials responsible for tourism, transport, municipal services and security, among others, participated in the third meeting of the City Readiness Committee for Expo 2020 Dubai, where key updates in the organisation of the next World Expo were discussed. Construction Week Online

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Progress made in run-up to Expo 2020

Of 81 countries that are set to build their own pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, some 35 have already unveiled their pavilion designs, reports In Park Magazine in an overview of the progress being made for the next World Expo. In Park Magazine

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▶ Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

Expo 2025 presented at G20 Summit

As Osaka was hosting the G20 Summit on 28-29 June, gathering leaders from around the world, a dedicated space presented World Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai and its theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. Nikkei

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HORTICULTURAL EXPOS

▶ Expo 2019 Beijing

“Green Future” at centre of Turkey’s National Day celebrations

Celebrating its National Day at Expo 2019 Beijing on 1 July, Turkey has focused attention on its theme “Welcoming the Future with Green”, by organising special exhibitions, performances, and seminars. Yeni Haber

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Expo 2019 Beijing is “a platform for exchanging ideas” 

From ‘smart balconies’ to agricultural drones and the positive health impact of plants, numerous innovations in the area of sustainable development are being showcased at Expo 2019 Beijing. Chine-Info highlights some of the ideas being presented by Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, and the potential they have for international cooperation. Chine Info 

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Senegal National Day held at Expo 2019 Beijing

On June 30, the National Day of Senegal was celebrated at Expo 2019 Beijing, including special performances and activities. Global Times

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TRIENNALE DI MILANO

Sri Lanka at the XXII Triennale di Milano

In the country’s first ever participation in the Triennale di Milano, Sri Lanka presents “A Piece of Sky”, drawing attention to the pressing housing needs of marginalised individuals and focusing on the importance of careful management of scarce resources to overcome social and environmental misappropriations. Daily FT

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Expos: This week in the news - 21 June 2019

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WORLD EXPOS

▶ Expo 2020 Dubai

Russia pavilion at Expo 2020 revealed

 

Russia’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, designed by Tchoban SPEECH with Simpateca Entertainment Group, has been unveiled. Situated in the Mobility District, the mesmerizing pavilion will plunge visitors into the possibilities of tomorrow, notably with technologies to connect people across physical space. Construction Week Online

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Switzerland starts work on its Expo 2020 pavilion

Switzerland has launched construction of its Expo 2020 pavilion, named "Belles Vues". The ground-breaking ceremony took place with Markus Seller, Secretary General of Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Gulf Construction Online

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Interactive Expo 2020 'pop-up pavilion' begins UAE tour

A pop-up pavilion offering a preview of Expo 2020 Dubai is now open in Dubai Mall, the first of 60 stops it will make around the UAE in the run-up to the Expo. The interactive space includes a site fly-through and touch-responsive screens. Arabian Business

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Sri Lanka Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Sri Lanka has provided details of its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion, which has as its theme “Island of Ingenuity”. Showcasing the country's innovations, the pavilion will span 212m2 and will be situated in the Opportunity District. Daily News

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HORTICULTURAL EXPOS

▶ Expo 2019 Beijing

The Netherlands celebrates National Day at Expo 2019 Beijing

 

The National Day of the Netherlands at Expo 2019 Beijing was celebrated on 17 June, featuring special activities in the Holland Garden and cultural performances. Xinhua

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▶ Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere

Legacy district of Floriade Expo 2022 to be named Hortus

The legacy district of Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere will be named Hortus. Designed with the latest green technology, the new car-free neighbourhood will be based around the Expo’s arboretum and will include five ‘Green Embassies’ from the Horticultural Expo. Vastgoed Berichten

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TRIENNALE DI MILANO

Talking about "I See That I See What You Don’t See"

In an interview with TLmag, Angela Rui, co-curator of the Netherlands’ participation at the XXII Triennale di Milano, shares her thoughts on the use of design as a critical tool and sheds light on the way the Dutch participation changes the perspective of its visitors. TLmag

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