Theme And Expos in The 21st Century: The Legacy of Expo 2008 Zaragoza

Thirst Plaza, Expo 2008 Zaragoza. © Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)

In hosting Expo 2008, Zaragoza was the centre of global attention in the domains of water management and sustainable models for development. It achieved this through the sharing of ideas, the showcasing of innovations, and by gathering experts and leaders to discuss and exchange. Evidence of the thinking and convictions of the time can be found within the content of the speeches made and by the discussions that arose from the Water Tribune, as well as the policy document that was born from it: the Zaragoza Charter.

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Self-sufficient living: learning lessons from Oikos

Self-sufficient living: learning lessons from Oikos

Imagine a house that generates all of its own energy, collects its own water and efficiently manages its waste system - an autonomous house. The technology for such self-sufficient homes, able to meet the pressing energy demands of the future, is available today, by using a combination of alternative energy sources such as geothermal energy, solar panels, wind turbines and hydropower.

A fully functional, working model of a self-sufficient home was showcased in the Oikos pavilion (meaning “house” in Greek) at Expo 2008 Zaragoza. Putting innovative solutions to the use of reduced energy and water consumption encapsulated the theme of the Expo – “Water and Sustainable Development.”

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Zaragoza's Bridge Pavilion reopens to the public

Zaragoza's Bridge Pavilion reopens to the public

The long term architectural contribution of an Expo to the city in which it took place – its legacy – is of significant interest to residents and visitors to the city. Planning the physical legacy of the Expo as part of the transformation that it brings to the city is a prerequisite to hosting a successful Expo.

Zaragoza’s iconic Bridge Pavilion (Pabellón Puente), designed by Zaha Hadid for Expo 2008, is one such monument that continues to stand to this day. It reopened to the public on 6 May 2016 and will remain open until 6 November. The pedestrian bridge is open from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 9pm.

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