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 Studies‘ Korean 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.