Inspiring visitors to live greener and healthier lives

Inspiring visitors to live greener and healthier lives

Floriade Expo 2022 Amsterdam-Almere will open its gates to the public in less than a year under the theme “Growing Green Cities”. As preparations gather pace on the site, the Floriade’s Commissioner-General Annemarie Jorritsma - the former mayor of Almere and a former minister - shares her beliefs and expectations for this transformational green event.

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Expo Live: unlocking opportunities to shape the future

Expo Live: unlocking opportunities to shape the future

On 1 October 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai will open to the public, embarking visitors on a discovery of its theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, through educational and immersive exhibitions and events. Less than six months before it opens, the achievements of the Expo Live programme demonstrates the real-life impact that Expo 2020 Dubai is already having around the world. Yousuf Caires, Senior Vice President, Expo Live, explains the importance of this unique initiative and offers a glimpse of how Expo 2020 Dubai is delivering positive change.

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Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai: connection, collaboration and co-creation

Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai: connection, collaboration and co-creation

World Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai will open to the public in 1,500 days, embarking millions of visitors on a six-month discovery of its theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.

On this occasion, Hiroyuki Ishige, the Secretary-General of the Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition, sets out the vision for the World Expo as well as the various programmes being organised in preparation for the event.

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World Expos and the celebration of Human Fraternity

World Expos and the celebration of Human Fraternity

On 4 February, the United Nations and countries around the world are marking, for the first time, the International Day of Human Fraternity. Maher Nasser, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations at Expo 2020 Dubai, takes this occasion to explain the significance of this new International Day and to reflect on the role that World Expos can play in reaffirming and strengthening global solidarity.

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On the importance of an “interference” between art and science

On the importance of an “interference” between art and science

On 1 December 2020, the 167th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) formally recognised the 23rd edition of the International Exhibition of Triennale Milano, taking place between 20 May and 20 November 2022 under the theme “Unknown Unknowns”. To mark this important step, Stefano Boeri, President of Triennale Milano, reflects on the past, present and future of the International Exhibition of Triennale Milano.

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Al Wasl Plaza: the heart and soul of Expo 2020 Dubai

Al Wasl Plaza: the heart and soul of Expo 2020 Dubai

Al Wasl Plaza, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, will be the centrepiece of Expo 2020 Dubai. With one year until the opening of the World Expo, Gordon Gill explains what Al Wasl Plaza is, and shares his thoughts on how this central hub will make a dramatic impression on visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai and have a lasting impact on Dubai.

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Expo 2020 Dubai : Reconnecter le monde

Expo 2020 Dubai : Reconnecter le monde

À un peu plus d’un an de l’ouverture de la prochaine Exposition Universelle, le 1er octobre 2021, les préparatifs de l'Expo 2020 Dubai se poursuivent. A l’aune de la pandémie de covid-19, les pays participants interprètent différemment, le thème de l’Expo 2020 Dubai «Connecter les Esprits, Construire le Futur » et ses trois sous thèmes , Mobilité, Durabilité, Opportunité.

Dans un entretien avec le BIE, S.E.M. Patrick Vercauteren Drubbel, Commissaire Général de la Belgique, Mohamed Boina Hassani, Commissaire Général des Comores et Dr. Malick Diop, Commissaire Général du Sénégal, partagent leurs réflexions sur le thème de la prochaine Exposition Universelle et les perspectives que l’Expo 2020 Dubai offre dans un monde post-Covid.

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Expo 2020 Dubai : Construire le Futur

Expo 2020 Dubai : Construire le Futur

Les modes de vie à travers le monde ont été récemment modifiés. La pandémie de la Covid-19 a soulevé et suscite de nombreuses questions existentielles quant à l’avenir de la planète et de l’humanité. En réunissant plus de 190 pays participants autour du thème « Connecter les Esprits, Construire le Futur », l’Exposition Universelle Expo 2020 Dubai, qui ouvrira désormais ses portes du 1er octobre 2021 au 31 mars 2022, constituera la plateforme idéale pour que chaque pays y propose et partage ses réponses et ses pistes de réflexion.

Dans un entretien avec le BIE, Mokhtar Attar, Commissaire Général de l’Algérie, Erik Linquier, Commissaire Général de la France et Président de la COFREX, et Gabriel Curtis, Ministre en charge des Investissements et des Partenariats Publics Privés et Commissaire Général de la Guinée, partagent leurs réflexions sur les perspectives qu’offre l’Expo 2020 Dubai dans un monde post-Covid.

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Creating a surrealist experiment: Salvador Dalí’s ‘Dream of Venus’ at World Expo 1939 New York

World Expo 1939 New York

Opening on 30 April 1939, New York’s World Expo 1939 promoted “Building the World of Tomorrow” in a period marked by the Great Depression and spectre of upcoming war. While many futuristic pavilions and displays enthralled visitors, one of the most outlandish was ‘The Dream of Venus’, a surrealist funhouse created by Salvador Dalí. On the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Expo and the 30th anniversary of the artist’s death, Montse Aguer, the Director of the Dalí Museums, recounts how the pavilion transgressed the modernism of the Expo and explains the significance of this work to Dali’s personal vision.

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XXII Triennale di Milano – Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival

La Triennale di Milano © Gianluca Di Ioia

The XXII Triennale di Milano, themed “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival” will open to the public on 1 March 2019. In an interview with the BIE, the President of the Triennale di Milano Foundation, Stefano Boeri, and the Curator of the XXII Triennale, Paola Antonelli, explain how this 22nd edition will explore the role of design in addressing the compromised bonds that connect humans to the natural environment.

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Points of View: Nation Branding at World Expos

Points of View: Nation Branding at World Expos

For participating countries, World Expos are major platforms for national branding, offering a unique opportunity to showcase themselves to a large public audience. With almost two years until the next World Expo in Dubai, the BIE interviews Ambassador Nicolas Bideau, Head of Presence Switzerland, Dietmar Schmitz, Commissioner General for Germany at Expo 2020 Dubai, and Dr. Jian (Jay) Wang, director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, to gain three different insights into nation branding at World Expos.

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Eye of the Needle: “Spacelift” for Seattle’s Expo icon

The Space Needle. Courtesy of Chad Copeland

Seattle’s iconic Space Needle – built as the centrepiece of World Expo 1962 – recently unveiled a dramatic $100 million “spacelift”, notably featuring a revamped observation deck and the world’s first revolving glass floor. On this occasion, the BIE interviewed Knute Berger, consulting historian at the Space Needle and Seattle-based author, journalist and commentator.

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L’Atomium : d’un élément phare à une icône

© Atomium. Christophe Licoppe

La Belgique célèbre cette année le 60e anniversaire de l’Exposition Universelle de 1958. Dans un entretien au BIE, Henri Simons, directeur de l’Atomium et du ADAM - Brussels Design Museum, explique pourquoi cet événement a marqué plusieurs générations et engendre aujourd’hui encore un réel engouement.

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