Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shanghai World Expo Provides Chance for Design Exploration

Major world events like the upcoming Expo 2010 Shanghai, China provide good opportunities to look at how different designers approach similar challenges. Expo 2010 in China will run from May 1 to Oct 31, 2010. The theme is Better City, Better Life. There are 70 million expected visitors and 200 participating exhibitors. Most of the participants who construct pavilions are countries (Spain - on left) but some are large businesses like Cisco (right).

Your students can select a country and, with a little research, try to design a pavilion for that country that represents the culture and unique characteristics of the people, land and industry in the country. Students can think about what the pavilion itself will look like, what the exhibits inside will contain and how they will be designed. Students might focus on the general theme Better City, Better Life.

Click on the heading above to follow preparations for the Shanghai Expo 2010.

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