Expo 2010 Shanghai – Pavillons du Japon, de l'Irlande et de la Norvège
Dans le cadre des prochaines semaines à venir, Daniel-Joseph Chapdelaine, urbaniste, vous fera part de quelques projets de la prochaine exposition universelle prévue à Shanghai en Chine en 2010:
“World Expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts. Since 1851 when the Great Exhibition of Industries of All Nations was held in London, the World Expositions have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as an important platform for displaying historical experience, exchanging innovative ideas, demonstrating esprit de corps and looking to the future.
With a long civilisation, China favours international exchange and loves world peace. China owes its successful bid for the World Exposition in 2010 to the international community’s support for and confidence in its reform and opening-up. The Exposition will be the first registered World Exposition in a developing country, which gives expression to the expectations the world’s people place on China’s future development.
So what will Expo 2010 Shanghai China deliver to the world? There is no doubt the Chinese people will present to the world a successful, splendid and unforgettable exposition.”
« Japan will highlight the role of advanced ecological technology in helping humans achieve a more comfortable life and confidence in the future with its huge « breathing organism » pavilion at World Expo 2010 as the country signed a participation contract with organizers today in Shanghai.
The country’s exhibit will feature a theme on the harmony between the human heart and technology.
Technologies can contribute to a cleaner world and a better life so that people may gain tranquillity and confidence, but it should be guided by our love of the earth, people and our children, said Hiroshi Tsukamoto, Commissioner General of the Japanese Section Expo Shanghai 2010, after the ceremony.
The theme is an extension of the Aichi Expo 2005 theme « Nature’s Wisdom » and also an interpretation of the « Better City, Better Life » Shanghai Expo theme, the official added.
Japan Pavilion has secured a 6,000-square-meter plot at the Expo site. The 24-meter-high pavilion is the largest the country has ever built for a World Expo. It is also one of the largest pavilions at Expo 2010.
The pavilion will be divided into past, present and future exhibits.
The country’s semi-circular pavilion will make efficient use of natural resources with solar energy collection batteries and a double-layer membrane that can filter sunshine to coincide with its interpretation of how technology can better our lives. »
« Ireland will showcase its changing cityscapes down through the ages at the 2010 World Expo.
The island will display its urban lifestyle with emphasis on the efficient use of space. Declan Kelleher, the Irish Ambassador to China, said Ireland wants to highlight its sustainable development model and people’s involvement in these projects.
He signed a participation contract with Expo authorities in Shanghai yesterday.
The Irish Pavilion will be built across gentle inclines and will have five enclosed galleries, covering more than 1,500 square meters of exhibition space.
The country’s pavilion will also feature a courtyard plaza that will serve as exhibition space and a performance area.
At the facility, visitors will get a feel of Dublin’s famous Liffey River and walk down a re-creation of O’Connell Street, another landmark of the Irish capital, Kelleher said. A military barracks dating back to 1722 also helps trace the city’s history. »
« NORWAY, the country of forests, fjords mountains and coastlines, will invite visitors to an Expo pavilion consisting of 15 model “trees” each offering different experiences.
The northwest European country will share its experiences in resources and energy conservation in its pavilion with the theme “Norway. Powered by Nature,” Oyvind Slaake, Vice Minister of Norway’s Trade and Industry, said, after signing a participation contract with the Shanghai Expo organizers.
Most Norwegian cities are close to the sea, forests or mountains, and the country will show how these cities “invite nature into the city and use nature to improve the quality of life,” said Philip Lote, the Communication Director of Norway’s Expo participation.
The vice minister said the Norwegian concept for the Expo would also be presented through the innovative design of the Norway Pavilion, which will be a highlight of the country’s participation.
The pavilion will be made of wood and bamboo with 15 model trees. The trees will be arranged in groups giving a solid interpretation of Norway’s varied landscapes, said Arild Blixrud, Acting Commissioner General of Norway at the Expo.
The country will move the prefabricated laminated wood building kits to the Expo site for assembly.
The main section of the pavilion can adjust to allow large or small presentations for individual groups. The pavilion will also have the Fjord Restaurant which will serve Norwegian food and a business center for conferences and forums, the commissioner general said. »