The theme for world expo 2010 in China is "Better City, Better Life". A chance to see some really cool pavilion designs that are hopefully also sustainable. Foster + partners recently revealed their sand dunes inspired design for the 32,000 SF UAE pavilion. So far the only significant sustainable 'feature' I'm aware of is that the building will be dismantled and moved back to Dubai to be reused as a cultural center.

I guess moving it somewhere closer would have been more sustainable- like the Finland pavilion below, which is planned to be dismantled and moved somewhere in China to be used as a restaurant, office building or library.

There are a lot of interesting designs from different countries displayed on the expo website. Expos are really good for bringing very creative ideas to reality. All designs look impressive but it makes me think if green buildings should look 'green'. especially when they are designed for public consumption like this expo. Take a look at the Swiss expo design with a rooftop 'grassland' and outside curtains made of bio-degradable soybeans and dye-sensitized solar cells to generate electricity.

China is expecting some 70 million visitors for the expo and I guess most of them will be local. That's a really good opportunity to showcase 'sustainability' because if China goes the US way we are screwed.

Click here for more pavilion designs on the official website.

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Comment by Mayank Mishra on April 27, 2009 at 12:09am
well its been designed by Sanjay Prakash (presently i'm working with) this case no issues from office but have to check out with ITPO (An Indian govt. organisation appointed to look after the project)...will do asap ....

Comment by Vishal Charles on April 25, 2009 at 11:38pm
i don't think u need permission to upload photos :)

Comment by Mayank Mishra on April 25, 2009 at 11:35pm
will upload pictures once i get the permission to do so.....

Comment by Mayank Mishra on April 25, 2009 at 11:34pm
Indian Expo Pavillion is a dome made up of roof,,,solar pv,wind turbine....terracota....and many sustainable low energy materials also expresses the energy efficiency by using geothermal, radiant cooling.....Displacement ventilation.....

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