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. »
« Canada unveiled its national pavilion design for World Expo 2010 in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, the country said as it signed the participation contract with organizers today.
The 6,000-square-meter Canada Pavilion, among the biggest at the site, will feature an exhibition themed « The Living City: Inclusive, Sustainable, Creative. »
The pavilion is about the size of two-and-a-half NHL ice hockey rinks, said Susan Gregson, Canada’s consul general in Shanghai. It is expected to welcome up to 5.5 million people or 30,000 visitors per day during the six-month Expo period.
The pavilion will be anchored by an open public place and surrounded by three large structures. The square will be a performing area, where visitors can watch the performances of Cirque du Soleil before checking out the pavilion, said Gregson.
The overall budget for the Canadian pavilion will be 45 million Canadian dollars (US$43.57 million), she added. »
« France today unveiled a national pavilion with a simple look, but huge budget, for World Expo 2010 Shanghai.
The model of the selected design has been on display in the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, along with other three prize-awarded works in the design competition of France Pavilion.
The final design « the Sensual City, » selected from 49 candidates, presented a simple building with a big French-style garden inside. Surrounded by water, it appears to be floating, said Jose Freches, president of COFRES, the company in charge of France’s participation.
The French government has allocated a record 50 million euros (552 million yuan) budget for the national pavilion. « As far as I know, it is the highest among all participants, » said Xu Bo, director of the International Participation Department of the Bureau of World Expo Coordination.
At least 80 percent of the total budget will be used in constructing the 6,000-square-meter pavilion, said Freches.
The France Pavilion, designed by Jacques Ferrier and his team, provides a unique opportunity to reinforce France’s image in China. All the talents and financial forces will be gathered to make it real, said French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a statement when he decided to pick this design. »
« Poland has unveiled the architectural design for its national pavilion in World Expo Shanghai 2010, presenting a geometrical structure covered with paper-cutting pattern.
The design of the 3,000-square-meter Poland Pavilion is the winning entry chosen from 20 candidates in the designing competition.
« We’ve tried to analyze the functional qualities of the pavilion designs, primarily the aesthetics, the concept and color, » said Anna Kaminska, commissioner general of the Polish section.
During daytime, the exhibition hall will be filled with light filtering through paper-cutting patterns. And at night, the pavilion will shine with different colors.
An extending roof of the pavilion will create an open-air restaurant and a shelter to shadow the visitors queuing outside the pavilion. »
La semaine prochaine: La République Tchèque, la Finlande et les Pays-Bas.