Expo 2010 demolition
Posted 27 November 2010 - 10:02 AM
But did come across this one blog about the expo's dismantling:
Posted 09 December 2010 - 06:12 PM
All I did was google demolition fo Expo 2010 and it was the very first link. There are many before and after photos of various pavilions. It all reminds me of the photographs of the demolition of the NYWF that have been posted here. Check it out.
Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:41 PM
Posted 15 December 2010 - 05:55 PM
Posted 15 December 2010 - 08:01 PM
It still hurts to see the walls come tumbling down though.
Posted 16 December 2010 - 10:34 AM
Nevertheless, one would think that in 2010 a city or a nation might actually consider how to make the wisest use of resources and money when planning a fair. If Seattle could successfully consider and plan post-fair use of their structures and their site in 1962, then 48 years (and dozens of demolished fairs) later, shouldn't we have moved further along in that process? And if total demolition with no plan for post-fair use is to continue in exposition design, then what American city will EVER be able to sincerely consider hosting such an event in an age of dwindling resources, declining revenues and unbalanced budgets? It is not the same America as it was during the economically difficult times in 1939 when the future seemed glorious.
This is why I think China believes that the Shanghai exposition will help introduce their massive economic power to the modern world. But they used a 19th century model to do this. They built a huge fair, spent massive amounts of money, used vast amounts of resources, altered the landscape, attracted 70 million plus people (although only about 2% were from outside of China) and then began the process of nearly total demolition of the site. They lost a remarkable opportunity to construct a stunning exposition whose structures would, at least in some part, remain to enhance the life of that massive city. What a lesson to the world it would have been to show the way a 21st century economic powerhouse will build its economy yet sustain the environment, conserve resources and actually recognize the fact that today becomes tomorrow and that we have to plan for the future--if not for ourselves, then at least for our children.
This, however, will not be China's policy and we have already seen this with their coal burning plants belching soot and smoke, their gigantic dams altering human and natural environments and the list goes on. Again, in their rush to economic superiority, they are making the same mistakes made by European and North American nations in the 19th and 20th centuries. And the cost to all of us will be staggering.
Those who do not remember history, are condemned to repeat it.
Posted 04 March 2011 - 10:27 AM
Several shanghai NGO organisation is taking the waste from some of the pavilions and using it to build schools with it. To reuse the expo structures materials is a very hard thing to do and usually only sustainably for close proximity , either only some parts are reused within the hosting countries or other countries take it back to their country. But that's still cost a lot of transporting a building across the world. UAE is one of the countries which is taking back their own pavilion back to UAE to be rebuilt as a museum. The pavilion is wonderfully designed and a lot of thought and technology has gone into it. This is all due to the UAE tourism board's investment and the reason it works so well is because they are going through development of their Saadiyat island region which created the demand for it .
The post expo demolition and teardown is not the most desirable for an Expo that had such good reputation and vast participation but the reality of the sustainability of post expo resource use is quite difficult due to ownerships, policies and the sustainability of the actual design.
In saying that I do wish and agree more could be done to reduce the waste at the expo and that more of the spectacular buildings can be preserved.
Posted 04 March 2011 - 01:07 PM
Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:12 PM
I realize that not every pavilion at such an enormous exposition may be designed to be saved for permanent use, but for god's sake, wasn't there some civic need in Shanghai (museums, schools, libraries, research centres, civic auditoriums etc.) for which the largest pavilions could have been designed? I would bet that the enormity of the Shanghai exposition, and smashing all records appears to have been China's goal, will result in one other record for China: the world's largest landfill.
If demolition is the only practical end for 21st century expositions, then they truly are a vehicle of the past and a burden on the environment and the taxpayer.
Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:18 PM
Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:23 PM
They called the main Olympic Stadium in Beijing the 'Bird's Nest'. Wouldn't it be cool if it really had been noodles in a traditional Chinese bird's nest? When the Olympics were over they could have invited all the residents of Beijing to a big party, and eat the place.
Anybody want to eat a German Gingerbread House?
Posted 06 March 2011 - 08:09 PM
And I completely agree that edible pavilions would solve a multitude of global problems. They could be built of relatively natural and renwable resources. They could be slowly chipped away by hungry visitors who would save a ton of loot on restaurant costs. What is not fully eaten could be fed to birds and chipmunks and other furry critters. The German gingerbread house is an excellent start.
I remember that Heinz actually tried to hold out for a pickle shaped pavilion in 1939 but the NYWF Corporation vetoed that idea. In retrospect, that really was a poor environmental decision. Who doesn't like a tasty pickle?
Great idea, Randy!!
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