October 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

From May 1st through the end of this weekend, Shanghai has been playing host
to a EXPO 2010. They are expecting an audience of 70 million. This
exposition got on my radar by way of a variety of sources talking about the
amazing architectural pavilions that have been built by the roughly 200
Of the most compelling are Thomas Heatherwick’s from the UK, which looks
like a porcupine; France’s “Sensual City”, Mass StudiesKorean Pavilion;
the 12 white towers of the Russian Pavilion, which get their inspiration
from traditional Russian women’s costumes; the Finnish “Kirnu”(Giant’s
Kettle) Pavilion
; and Japan’s Pavilion, which looks like a giant silkworm.

These intriguing design efforts help to bring home the realization that the
physical limitations on architecture seem to be waning — the ability of
this new class of ingenious designers seems to know no bounds.


UK Pavilion












French Pavilion











Korean Pavilion










Russian Pavilion











Finnish Pavilion











Japanese Pavilion














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