Shanghai hosted the 41st World Expo
In May 1 to Oct 31 was the World Expo in Shanghai, China. The entire exhibition had 500 000 visitors each day and the expo was a great success with approx 70 million visitors.
Theme Better City, Better Life
The theme of Expo 2010 was “Better City, Better Life,” which in a broad sense focuses on the quest for better living conditions in cities. The choice of theme is related to the explosive population growth has taken place in cities around the world, not least in China. In 1800 only 2% lived in cities, in 1950 the figure had grown to 29%. In 2000, lived nearly half the world’s population in cities and according to UN estimates, the continuing growth of urban populations is growing.
A major theme at the World Exhibition this time was truly sustainable urban development. Lots of examples of best business practices, and inspiring and innovative solutions were presented in order to make our cities more sustainable.
The choice of theme was related to the explosive population growth in cities around the globe, not least in China. The environment and new green technology is the theme of Shanghai World Expo. And many countries contributed with new green thinking.
More than half of the 293 pavilions belonged to Chinese organizations or industries. The largest and most visited was the red Chinese pavilion. At the giant Chinese pavilion you could see the different provinces in China. China has spent more than 4 billion dollars on the show, twice as much as the Olympics in Beijing and the fair is expected to be the greatest of all time. Almost all countries, 242 countries and international organizations, joined the expo to develop their relations with China, especially in the commercial area.
The G.M. Pavilion at Expo 2010 is strikingly like the classic G.M. pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, with its Futurama display.
Denmark exhibited the original little mermaid - which among other things contributed to Denmark is among the 10 most popular pavilions and 5,5 million people have visited and admired her which is almost the sum of the total population in Denmark. Since March 25, the Little Mermaid served at the Danish Pavilion and Chinese newspapers have written 1180 articles about the ancient, Hans Christian Andersen-inspired bronze sculpture.
The Swiss built a cable car that gave the feeling that you’re top of the Matterhorn mountain and the English had a hedgehog-like pavilion, with sticks of steel that pointed in different directions.
Finland’s unique and popular pavilion Kirnu (=huge bowl) at the World Expo in Shanghai was the work of Ilkka Suppanen, which is one of Finland’s most brilliant designers. Suppanen fascination with different production technologies, materials and their use shines through in his work. His design shows a bright outlook, but is still a clear continuation of the classical Finnish design tradition. One of his principles is that design is more about values than about the form and color.
Official website Shanghai 2010
Location World Expo 2010
The location of the event was Nanpu Bridge-Lupu Bridge region in the middle of Shanghai, along both sides of the Huangpu River. The area of World Expo 2010 comprised about 5.28 km². Extensive construction of new subway lines have been made in several years to serve the increasing traffic for World Expo 2010.
The expo was a “World Cup in spectacular architecture” with beautiful and unique building. 192 countries have designed their own pavilions and examples of all kinds of originality there; hairball as Britain, China’s up-and-inverted pyramid, Australian copy of Ayers Rock and the Russian folklore patterned castle.
The waiting times for pavilions have been criticized.
Many who visited several booths got a stamp in their passport, which is some kind of souvenir thing.