Ceci est le dernier article de la série préparée par Daniel-Joseph Chapdelaine, urbaniste, afin de vous présenter quelques projets de la prochaine exposition universelle prévue à Shanghai en Chine en 2010. Vous retrouverez à la toute fin de l’article l’archive des présentations antérieures :
“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.”
« The New Zealand Pavilion in World Expo Shanghai 2010 will showcase the balance between city and nature by presenting Maori culture, Phillip Gibson, the country’s commissioner general for the Expo, said today as it inked a participation contract with organizers.
The New Zealand Pavilion, themed « Cities of Nature: Living between Land and Sky, » will be located on a 2,000-square-meter land in Pudong side of the Expo site.
The pavilion exhibition will tell a modern variation of the Maori story of how humans were created, in which forests and people are not seen as separate, but as different aspects of the same creative spirit.
The « Kapa Haka » groups, indigenous New Zealand Maori dancing groups, will perform daily in the pavilion, Gibson said.
« New Zealand has plenty to bring to the Shanghai 2010 theme of Better City, Better Life, » said Gibson. « Although New Zealand has a small population of almost 4.3 million, it is highly urbanized with some 86 percent of people living in cities or towns. »
New Zealand will invest nearly 30 million New Zealand dollars (US$23.05 million) at Shanghai 2010, the largest investment in World Expo ever. »
« Australia will showcase its practice of keeping a balance between urban construction and the natural environment at World Expo 2010 to illustrate its understanding of the theme « Better City, Better Life, » it announced today while signing a participation contract with organizers.
Australia Pavilion will take visitors on a journey of Australia’s natural beauty and rich culture in an exploration of one of the most livable countries in the world.
Australia’s innovative ideas on urban planning, renewable energy development, transport and infrastructure will be presented under the theme « Mastering the challenges: Australia’s smart solutions for our urban future. »
The pavilion comprises three parts incorporating distinct, yet inter-related exhibitions.
The first part called « Journey » will allow visitors to obtain a basic understanding of Australian society, its international population and its cultural diversity. Pictures and interactive exhibits will profile Australia’s landscape and territories and tell the stories of the country’s history and people.
A ramp will lead visitors to the second part, which features a 1,000-seat theatre screening a multi-media show that explores the country’s major cities, tourist destinations, economic dynamism, cultural diversity, friendly people and high living standard.
Daily performances will be staged in the last part of the pavilion. Visitors will be invited to taste authentic Australian cuisine, sip some fine red wines and buy Australian products. »
« Germany unveiled its pavilion design for World Expo Shanghai 2010 today.
The 6,000-square-meter Germany Pavilion, named « Balancity, » will showcase typical urban life in Germany and introduce how the country’s products help solve urbanization problems.
The German government invested 30 million euros (US$47.34 million) in the pavilion, said Dietmar Schmitz, commissioner general of the German Section in the Expo. Some German companies will also contribute.
Schmitz said they are expecting about 50,000 visitors daily during Expo 2010, which means more than 9 million people may visit Germany Pavilion.
The pavilion is composed of three floating spaces and one cone-shaped structure, said Lennart Wiechell, the architect of the pavilion. It will provide a « light and elegant » feeling.
The cone-shaped hall can hold 750 visitors.
Other exhibition halls will showcase a harbor view rebuilt from the city of Hamburg.
Before the press conference today, Germany signed a participation contract with Expo organizers.
Construction will start in several months and will be completed in April 2010, Schmitz said. »