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The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing and regulating World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.

Following the Progress of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai Construction

Construction at the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai site began on 13 April 2023, two years ahead of the event's opening. Since then, Yumeshima Island in Osaka has been bustling with activity as pavilions and major facilities take shape.

The architectural vision of Minoru Yamasaki

Minoru Yamasaki, a Seattle native born in 1912, was a pivotal 20th-century architect known for his serene designs. From humble beginnings, Yamasaki aspired to use architecture to uplift humanity, an example of which was his design for the United States Science Pavilion at Expo 1962 Seattle – what is now the Pacific Science Center.

In the latest episode of Mossback's Northwest, Cascade PBS’s resident historian Knute Berger looks back at Yamasaki’s early life and work, highlighting how his work countered the era's minimalist trends with elegance.

“Why not Spokane?” – celebrating 50 years of Expo '74

Between 4 May and 2 November 1974, the City of Spokane in the US State of Washington gathered the world for a Specialised Expo under the theme of “Celebrating Tomorrow’s Fresh New Environment”. Gathering 5.6 million visitors, Expo 1974 was the first ever to have a specific focus on the environment, and the development of the site was centered around a large-scale clean-up of the city’s environment and the Spokane River. The City this year celebrates the 50th anniversary by taking inspiration from this remarkable event, explains Matt Santangelo, the Program Manager of Expo '74 50th Celebration.

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  • Interview with Matt Santangelo, Program Manager, Expo ’74 50th Celebration

Rediscovering the physical legacy of Horticultural Expo 1984 Liverpool

Forty years ago today, in the heart of Liverpool, the International Garden Festival of 1984 opened to the public. The Horticultural Expo, the first to take place in the UK, spanned 95 hectares and welcomed more than 3 million visitors over five and a half months.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of this major event that transformed a former landfill into a vibrant oasis, National Museums Liverpool reflects on the lasting legacy of Expo 1984 Liverpool and explores what remains of its enchanting gardens and sculptures.

Expo 1958 Brussels © Vecu.be

À l’occasion du 66ème anniversaire de l'Expo 1958 Bruxelles, l’Atomium, symbole emblématique de l'Exposition Universelle, a lancé une série de podcasts qui revisite l'histoire de cet événement mémorable à travers des récits personnels et des témoignages inédits.

Cette série se compose de six épisodes qui conjuguent nostalgie et modernité, permettant aux auditeurs de se plonger dans l'esprit de l'Expo 58 :

Crafting unity in diversity: Sou Fujimoto’s vision for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

As Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai marks the one-year countdown until its grand opening on 13 April 2025, all eyes are turned towards the development of the 155-hectare Expo site, where construction work is at full pace. The site’s overall characteristics can already be seen, most notably the 2-kilometer Grand Ring that is now almost 80 per cent complete. Sou Fujimoto, the Expo Site Design Producer and architect behind this structure, shares his insights with the BIE.

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  • Interview with Sou Fujimoto, Site Design Producer for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

Participation aux Expositions – Partage d’expériences à Libreville

 Du 13 au 15 février dernier, la première session multilatérale du Programme de Renforcement des Capacités, organisée par le Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) en partenariat avec le Gouvernement du Gabon, s'est tenue à Libreville. Au cours de cet événement, Nina Abouna (Gabon), Patrice Nimi (Angola), Tiranké Virginie Keita Kabassan (Guinée) et Noboyuki Ariyama (Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai) ont partagé avec le BIE, leurs points de vue et enseignements. Ces discussions, à un peu plus d'un an de la prochaine Exposition Universelle, Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, offrent des perspectives pratiques et des retours d'expérience sur les défis associés à la participation aux Expositions.

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  • Entretien avec Nina Abouna (Gabon), Patrice Nimi (Angola), Tiranké Virginie Keita Kabassan (Guinée) et Noboyuki Ariyama (Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai)

Creating a World Expo for future society

Opening in less than 500 days, Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai will gather more than 160 international participants on Yumeshima Island to engage visitors on the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. As preparations accelerate and construction gains pace, the Commissioner-General of the Expo, Ambassador Koji HANEDA shares his expectations of the next World Expo and what it will mean for future society.

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  • Interview with Ambassador Koji HANEDA, Commissioner-General of Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai

Planting the seeds of sustainability at Expo 2023 Doha

Having opened its gates on 2 October, Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha brings the world together under the theme “Green Desert, Better Environment”. Aimed at building greener and more sustainable communities, the Expo has already inspired hundreds of thousands of visitors in its opening weeks. The Secretary General of Expo 2023 Doha, Mohamed Ali Alkhoori, reflects on the significance of this event and the opportunities it presents for Qatar.

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  • Interview with Mohamed Ali Alkhoori, Secretary General of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

A virtual visit to the European Community pavilion at Expo 1958 Brussels

A new virtual reality exhibition, THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AT EXPO 58, brings the pavilion of the European Coal and Steel Community Pavilion at Expo 1958 Brussels back to life. Visitors are invited to explore a 3D model of the pavilion through a virtual tour at the Jean Monnet House or online. The exhibition is based on Anastasia Remes' PhD research, which she conducted at the History Department of the European University Institute. On the 65th anniversary of the Expo, Dr. Remes lays out the story behind the exhibition and highlights the importance of the pavilion at a crucial time for European integration.

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  • Interview with Anastasia Remes, PhD, Historian of Museums, Exhibitions and Europe

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During the first International Participants Meeting in preparation for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, and marking 900 days to go until the opening of the Expo, a new video rendering of the World Expo site has been revealed.

The video shows the Expo site complete with its wooden grand roof, with images of the different parts of the Expo including Pavilion World, Green World and Water World.

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For some, the prospect of visiting a World Expo is an opportunity that cannot be missed. When Expo 1967 took place in Montreal, Tony Whittemore and his brother Jeff, aged only 11 and 9, were desperate to discover the Expo’s magic. The only problem – they lived 350 miles away, in Needham, Massachusetts.

Envisioning a greener future at Expo 2023 Doha Qatar

With the theme “Green Desert, Better Environment”, Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar will gather countries from around the world around the collective aim of building greener and more sustainable communities. With the Expo opening in one year – on 2 October 2023 - the Secretary General of Expo 2023 Doha, Mohamed Ali AlKhoori lays out the Expo’s guiding principles and explores its expected impact.

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  • Interview with Mohamed Ali AlKhoori, Secretary General of Horticultural Expo 2023 Doha

Visions for a Future Society for Our Lives: Part II

With less than 1,000 days until the opening of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai, themed “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”, this second part of the Vision for a Future Society series looks at the people and the ideas behind the next World Expo’s Signature Pavilions. After July’s instalment, discover this month the future visions of Shoji Kawamori (Totality of Life), Kundo Koyama (Cycle of Lives), Sachiko Nakajima (Invigorating Lives), and Hiroaki Miyata (Resonance of Lives).

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  • Interview with four of the producers of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai’s thematic projects

Visions for a Future Society for Our Lives: Part I

On 18 July, Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai marks the 1,000-day countdown to the opening of the next World Expo. As part of the development of its theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”, Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai has entrusted eight thematic projects to experts in their domain with a focus on working towards a better future for humankind. In the first of a two-part series, four of these producers discuss their philosophy and the Signature Pavilions they are creating for the Expo. Discover the future society visions of Shin-Ichi Fukuoka (Quest of Life pavilion), Naomi Kawase (Embracing Lives pavilion), Hiroshi Ishiguro (Amplification of Lives pavilion), and Yoichi Ochiai (Forging Lives pavilion).

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  • Interview with four of the producers of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai’s eight thematic projects

Image: Willy Kiel © Landesarchiv Berlin

Sixty-five years ago today, on 6 July 1957, the “Interbau” international building exhibition – Specialised Expo 1957 Berlin - opened its doors to the public in Berlin’s Hansaviertel neighbourhood. The Expo, which took place in response to the housing shortage in West Berlin and sought to showcase the modern architecture, transformed the area and left behind a variety of architectural masterpieces. With a total of 53 architects involved in the large-scale project to build “the city of tomorrow”, discover five iconic buildings from Expo 1957 Berlin:

Kuang-Yi Ku, Moon Ginseng, 2018

Opening its doors on 15 July, the 23rd edition of the Triennale Milano International Exhibition tackles the question of the unknown through its theme “Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction to Mysteries”. With so many challenges, both known and mysterious, facing the world, this latest International Exhibition will offer new perspectives through its constellation of thematic and international exhibits. Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano and Ersilia Vaudo, curator of the thematic exhibition, delve into the meaning and aspirations of the 23rd Triennale Milano.

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  • Interview with Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano & Ersilia Vaudo, Curator of the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition

5 artistic masterpieces created for Expo 1937 Paris

Eighty-five years ago today, on 25 May 1937, countries from around the world gathered in Paris for the opening of a six-month World Expo dedicated to arts and technology in modern life. Taking place in a unique context of geopolitical tensions and social change, the works of art commissioned for Expo 1937 Paris stood out not only for their scale, aesthetics, and creative significance, but also for their political and social meaning. Here are five iconic masterpieces, all created for Expo 1937 Paris:

5 things you might not know about Expo 1967 Montreal

It was on 28 April 1967 – 55 years ago today – that Montreal invited the whole world to discover “Man and his World” at Expo 1967. The spectacular World Expo, which marked Canada’s Centennial, gathered 60 countries and registered over 50 million visits during its six-month run. Here are five interesting facts about Expo 1967 Montreal:

5 things you might not know about Expo 1992 Seville

 30 years ago today, Spain welcomed the world as it opened the gates to Expo 1992 Seville, themed “The Age of Discovery”. Here are a few facts about the World Expo that you might not have known:

Inside Expo – Expo 2020 Dubai, the conclusion

With Expo 2020 Dubai having closed its gates on the night of 31 March 2022 after 182 fabulous days, the final episodes of the Inside Expo podcast take a look at some of the Expo’s iconic pavilions, its dedication to the UN’s SDGs, and how to say goodbye.

Inside Expo – Expo anecdotes and Dubai’s golden ring

As Expo 2020 Dubai enters its final days, the latest episodes of the Inside Expo podcast look at some of the pop culture that has stemmed from past Expos, as well as the fascinating story of the gold ring that inspired Expo 2020 Dubai’s logo.

Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai: co-creation to design future society

With Expo 2020 Dubai closing its gates on 31 March, Japan is gearing up to be the host country of the next World Expo, taking place in Osaka, Kansai. Opening in just over three years time, Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai will gather, once again, countries from around the world, this time under the theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. The Secretary General of the Japan Association for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai shares his thoughts at this important juncture for the next World Expo.

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  • Interview with Hiroyuki Ishige, Secretary General of the Japan Association for Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai

Inside Expo – the vision for Dubai, and the Worker Wellness Programme

The latest episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast explore the Vision Pavilion and the story it tells of Dubai’s journey, as well as the innovative approach the Expo Organiser took to protect the health and wellness of workers on the Expo site.

Inside Expo – connecting physically and virtually

Physical and virtual connections are the subject of the most recent episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast, with an exploration of the broader meaning of mobility, as well as the limitless opportunities of virtual content and collaboration.

Inside Expo – iconic architecture, and the poetry of AI

The latest episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast look at the architecture of some of the Expo’s most prominent landmarks, as well as the Expo’s role in incubating and showcasing Artificial Intelligence technologies.

Inside Expo – cultural development, old and new

The shared human interest for other cultures and for past cultures is at the heart of the latest two episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast.

World Majlis: Creating a better future through conversation

If World Expos are notable for their stunning architecture, immersive experiences, and dazzling performances, they are also unique venues for meaningful dialogue and deep discussion. By gathering people with diverse backgrounds from across the world, World Expos provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and the formation of new relationships. At Expo 2020 Dubai, this dialogue is taking place in a myriad of ways, with the World Majlis standing out as a unique approach – innovative yet inspired by tradition – for fostering and shaping conversations about the future. With nine of the Expo’s ten theme weeks now completed, Dr. Federica Busa, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Senior Vice President, Visitor Experience, explains the role and contribution of the Majlis to the Expo’s thematic discussions.

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  • Interview with Dr. Federica Busa, Senior Vice President, Visitor Experience at Expo 2020 Dubai

Inside Expo – the promise of youth

The two latest episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast are dedicated to the promise of youth, with a focus on how young people are empowered at Expo 2020 Dubai, and on the 11-year-old girl who conveyed the sense of hope at the Expo’s Opening Ceremony.

Inside Expo – telling the Expo story, and the site’s hidden stories

In the latest two episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast, learn about the ways the Expo’s message and experience are conveyed, and discover some of the hidden gems built into the Expo site.

Inside Expo – Expo 2020 Dubai’s music & Expo superfandom

The latest episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast pay tribute to some of Expo 2020 Dubai’s most prominent musical creations, as well as to Expo ‘superfans’.

Inside Expo – the power of the majlis, and Expo robots

The latest two episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast address the role of majlis – a space for conversation and dialogue – in serving as a model for Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as the evolution of robots in Expos over the decades.

Inside Expo – the inspiration behind Latifa and Rashid

In the latest episode of Inside Expo, Expo 2020 Dubai’s podcast, learn how the Expo’s mascots - Latifa and Rashid, their robot guardians Opti, Alif and Terra, and Salama the Ghaf tree – came to life.

Image credit: Feenstra Fotografie

Almere in the Netherlands is the stage for the next International Horticultural Exhibition, Floriade Expo 2022, opening its gates from 14 April to 9 October 2022. Countries from around the world and partners from the horticultural sector will present innovations and solutions for sustainable and liveable cities. The entire 60-hectare site will focus on the theme “Growing Green Cities”, and is set to offer visitors spectacles, green inspiration and unforgettable experiences. As the final touches are being made to the site of the Horticultural Expo, the CEO of Floriade Expo 2022, Hans Bakker, reflects on his expectations for the Expo as a global platform for the green city of the future.

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  • Interview with Hans Bakker, CEO of Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere

Inside Expo – from Expo 1970 Osaka to Expo 2020 Dubai

For its first episode of 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Inside Expo podcast turns its attention to the history of Emirati participation in Expos, dating back to Expo 1970 Osaka.

Inside Expo – Legacy and Innovation

The three most recent episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai's Inside Expo podcast focus around two key aspects of all Expos: their legacy, and the innovations they showcase.

Expo 2020 Dubai – unlocking opportunities for Asia

With its theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, Expo 2020 Dubai offers multiple opportunities for the whole world, with a particularly strong interest in the World Expo from Asia’s emerging economies. Both situated in the Opportunity District, Indonesia and Viet Nam are participating in Expo 2020 Dubai to expand their connections with other countries and to work together in the creation of a more sustainable future. Didi Sumedi, the Commissioner-General of Indonesia, and Nguyen Phuong Hoa, the Commissioner-General of Viet Nam, lay out the reasons why Expo 2020 Dubai is such a crucial meeting point for their countries.

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  • Interview with the Commissioners-General of Indonesia and Viet Nam

Inside Expo - Sustainability and the history of broadcasting

The Inside Expo podcast has released three new episodes in the past week, with two episodes dedicated to the sustainable innovations presented at Expos, and one episode focused on technological advances in communication as seen through Expo 1939 New York and Expo 2020 Dubai.

Inside Expo – The BIE and Expos, and Expo 2020 Dubai’s tangible solutions

In the latest two episodes of the Inside Expo podcast, learn about the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), from its Secretary General, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, and discover how Expo 2020 Dubai is helping to build a more resilient future for all through its Expo Live programme.

Inside Expo – New frontiers and unexpected hurdles

The newest two episodes of Inside Expo - Expo 2020 Dubai’s podcast series – look near and far in terms of the earthly and the celestial factors that shape World Expos.

A point in time by artist Khalil Rabah, Public Art Programme

The two latest episodes of Expo 2020 Dubai’s podcast, Inside Expo, continue in the exploration of the meaning behind the Expo and what visitors can discover there.

Latin America on the move at Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai is a point of connection for the whole world, with countries from far and wide participating with their own pavilions in the Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility Districts. Latin American countries are embracing Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and four of these nations - all participating in the Mobility District – have a particular vision they are keen to share with the world.

H.E. Jorge Daccarett, the Commissioner-General of Chile, Salvador Gomez, the Commissioner-General of El Salvador, Martha Jaramillo, the Commissioner-General of Mexico, and Amora Carbajal, the Commissioner-General of Peru, explain why the Expo is so important and how it serves as a platform for sharing their own countries’ vision for a more sustainable, connected, and high-tech future.

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  • Interviews with the Commissioners-General of Chile, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru

Inside Expo – What is an Expo?

Expo 2020 Dubai – the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa & South Asia (MEASA) region, themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” – opened its gates on 1 October 2021 and will welcome millions of visitors before it closes on 31 March 2022.

Expo 2020 Dubai, Durabilité et Afrique

L’Expo 2020 Dubai est la première Exposition Universelle organisée au Moyen-Orient, Afrique et Asie du Sud. Célébration de l’ingéniosité humaine autour du thème « Connecter les Esprits, Construire le Futur », elle met en avant des problématiques auxquelles tous les pays participants sont invités à réfléchir pour imaginer ensemble les modèles de développement du futur.

Avec tous les pays du continent africain présents, l’Exposition Universelle est une occasion unique pour y partager leurs projets et leurs réalisations, rechercher des investissements et des solutions aux défis communs et forger de nouvelles relations à travers le monde.

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  • Entretien avec les Commissaires Généraux des Comores et du Gabon

Keeping children fighting fit during the Covid-19 pandemic

With the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic having led to various degrees of restrictions around the world – often for extended periods – keeping an active body and mind emerged as a key challenge. This is of particular importance for children and teenagers, whose active lifestyles were in some cases abruptly halted by stay-at-home limitations and school closures.

The Expo songs that came before ‘This Is Our Time’

Music has played a central and prominent role in Expos since the very first editions that took place in the 19th century. Driven by technological and social advancements, Expos have always had a strong musical element, putting the spotlight on new instruments, genres and musicians, and holding memorable performances. From Belioz’s concert at Expo 1855 Paris to Edgar Varèse’s Poème électronique at Expo 1958 Brussels and the Scorpions’ Moment of Glory concert at Expo 2000 Hannover, music beats through the heart of all World Expos.

Transforming a public health crisis into an environmental solution

With two billion people in the world lacking access to toilet facilities, poor sanitation is a global problem responsible for the transmission of diseases, malnutrition and an estimated 432,000 deaths annually. This issue is easily preventable, with investment in improved sanitation reaping significant long-term benefits on health and well-being.

An app to boost job opportunities for those with hearing impairment

An estimated one billion people around the world are living with disabilities, and while great strides have been made towards inclusion, people of determination remain at a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion. As a result of physical barriers, unsuitable tools and discrimination, the employment rate is significantly lower than the overall average.

Building a better future thanks to the creativity of children

When faced with challenges, we naturally turn to experts, scientists, engineers and researchers to find and create appropriate solutions. But what if we also asked and listened to children for their ideas on improving the world?

Fostering cross-border dialogue to strengthen traditional livelihoods

For rural and pastoral communities in cross-border regions, restrictions on mobility as well as limited resources can pose a major challenge to livelihoods. Coupled with the impact of climate change and intercommunity tensions, the situation can rapidly hamper the whole region’s economic and social well-being.

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