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Old Posted Mar 24, 2010, 3:36 PM
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EXPO 2010 gearing up (progress photos of pavillions)

Some pics from www.boston.com#
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/201..._expo_201.html

UK pavilion





these structures collect sun energy and rain






Cultural Centre




Theme Pavilion


Polish pavilion




Australian Pavilion





Dutch Pavilion "Joy Street"



Chinese Pavilion








Luxemburger Pavilion



German Pavilion u/c



Spanish pavilion






South Korean Pavilion




UAE Pavilion



Swiss Pavilion



French Pavilion



Israeli pavilion



UK's global seed bank from Kew Gardens - will be lit in changing colours at night






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I seriously LOVE every single one of those.
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Where in Shanghai are most of these pavilions located anyway? I know the Bund will have a hand full but I would like to know this district's location as well.

Don't trip and fall into the British one. Ouch.
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Skybar is obviously the wrong forum for a photo thread of building architecture.
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The US entry is of course a bland corporate structure that resembles a shopping center. The design is as stale and dated as the country itself is becoming.

Design highlight- they made its shape in plan view conceptually resemble an 'eagle'... lolz... I think a high school drafting student designed the project, but I could be mistaken. (lol j/k)

It's also behind schedule. At one point, it appeared that the US would be a no-show, because the US organizers had a terrible time raising construction funding from sponsors (the govt contributed nothing. It's purely corporate interests representing the American people).

http://www.expo2010china.hu/index.ph...ule=hir&ID=293
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Gorgeous designs...except for the US which reminds me of an Appalachian casino.
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When scrubby shade trees, a Jumbotron and a waterwall are the focal points of your national symbol to the world, you KNOW you've got a problem.
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If I was a kid, I would be all over the Dutch 'Joy Street' pavilion. I bet the kids are going to love the meandering 'treehouse' type design of it.
http://www.expo2010china.hu/letoltes...nd_pavilon.pdf
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It's a little too turd-like for my taste.
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The US entry is of course a bland corporate structure that resembles a shopping center.
Holy crap, you weren't kidding.

http://en.expo2010.cn/a/20100310/000001.htm

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The building, resembling a large steel and glass shopping mall with a front opening up into a stage, appears to be complete except for inside fixtures. On the site Wednesday, workers installing water pipes in an adjacent building housing a KFC and a Pizza Hut concurred with the official assessment that the pavilion would open on time.
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The sponsors of the American pavilion are mostly corporations doing business in China -- such as Chevron, PepsiCo and Marriott -- who see the expo as an opportunity to build brand recognition among the Chinese who will make up the bulk of fair-goers.
At least we're doing what we do best.
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I'm not sure what to make of these...I do sort of enjoy the South Korean and Dutch pavilions but for the most part these almost seem like a jokey, satirical pastiche of trends in contemporary architecture. The American entry is also about as pathetic as anyone could've imagined.

On the bright side, the UK pavilion is just out of this world. It looks like a visitor from a higher dimension!
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The US entry is of course a bland corporate structure that resembles a shopping center. The design is as stale and dated as the country itself is becoming.

Design highlight- they made its shape in plan view conceptually resemble an 'eagle'... lolz... I think a high school drafting student designed the project, but I could be mistaken. (lol j/k)

It's also behind schedule. At one point, it appeared that the US would be a no-show, because the US organizers had a terrible time raising construction funding from sponsors (the govt contributed nothing. It's purely corporate interests representing the American people).

http://www.expo2010china.hu/index.ph...ule=hir&ID=293
This goes back to the Gingrich era, when Congress passed a short-sighted law forbidding any Federal funding for expo pavilions. Really.

Secretary of State Clinton made the push for private investment, which is how the pavilion got cobbled together at the 12th hour. But no, the pavilion doesn't at all represent America's social & creative dynamism.
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god damn these pavillions are awesome... except ours... god we always have to fuck it up don't we?

btw what was wrong with Canada's first design? Looked better than their final design.

thanks for posting these, muppet.
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This will be the first great Expo since Expo '70 in Osaka. I can't get enough of these pavilions! - I'm like a kid in a candy shop, looking at these things.

China's entry reminds me of the Canadian Pavilion at Expo '67 (perhaps the greatest of the 20th-century fairs):

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http://expo67.ncf.ca/rare_view_canada_pavilion_expo67.html

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http://span.vox.com/library/photos/tags/expo+pavilion+shanghai+2010/


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Construction update:


http://span.vox.com/library/photos/tags/expo+pavilion+shanghai+2010/


http://span.vox.com/library/photos/tags/expo+pavilion+shanghai+2010/


http://span.vox.com/library/photos/tags/expo+pavilion+shanghai+2010/
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Singapore (Kay Ngee Tan Architects):


http://www.designscene.net/2009/03/singapore-pavilion-world-expo-2010.html
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