Update: Xi’an Expo 2011 Officially Opens

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The Xi’an Expo 2011 has officially opened and, as expected, the international horticultural event has attracted a staggering 200,000 in just the first weekend! We’ve been covering the Expo beginning with Plasma Studio + ’s conceptual design, and we have been featuring updates about the project over the course of the last few months.  The Expo embodies the idea of transformation as the site was formerly a sandpit where the water was severely degraded during the 1980s.   Efforts over the past two decades have restored the ecosystem and now the Expo is able to demonstrate what can be accomplished through the use of the most advanced technology, ideas, and materials.  As we reported earlier, the 37 ha complex includes three buildings that are interconnected with a dynamic landscape of unfolding paths and networks of water, circulation and foliage.

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“By leaving behind the obvious typological and historical references to Xi’an’s past, this project is seeking a contemporary authentic expression of China’s current and future ambitions, adding an entirely new layer to the Millenial tapestry of Xi’an. By the same token, Flowing Gardens explores a new syncretic balance between urbanism and landscape with universal relevance. The traditional subordination of ground and landscape by buildings has been reversed to offer a unique symbiotic experience,” explained the architects.

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International Competition: 1. Prize, 2009
Project: 2009-2011
Opening: April 28th 2011
Completion: March 2011

Client: Chan-Ba Ecological District
Architecture: Plasma Studio, BIAD
Landscape Design: GroundLab, LAUR Studio, Beijing Forestry University
Engineers: John Martin and Associates, Arup

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Update: Xi’an Expo 2011 Officially Opens" 20 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Dec 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=133184>
  • Nathan

    Those plazas DESPERATELY need trees.

    • dannywood

      agree with U

    • alvin

      Apparently, U don’t Know China!!! So many people overthere!!!! 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  • sui

    As a large park, I’d like to know more about what will happen here after the expo. Bravo on making cool forms, but how does this place evolve over time? What about the ecosystem? What happens to that? More diagrams, i’m interested.

    • alvin

      At the official website of the local government(where the expo Opens), the government answered the question about what will happen after the expo. There will be a permanent theme park, and a variety of leisure venues and recreational facilities will be built.
      I had visited the expo, I think it’s much better than shanghai!

  • sara

    “unique symbiotic experience”
    read as -
    ‘A whole lot of nothing’

  • Katsudon

    No trees, no work on floor materials, no details, the railings on the last picture even aren’t straight, it’s not asking much… designed too fast, built too fast with no care or pride for good job done…
    Like 99% of the projects in China, it COULD HAVE BEEN nice.

  • yimyim

    i think its not about trees, its not about details, its not about people. Its about GDP. China is building building building, ghost cities, expo areas etc. its all about artifically keeping the GDP up, maintaining “false” growth. Money, money, money…

  • Bear

    China is always so f**ked by those monsters. what the hell is the meaning of doing all those folding landscape meagastructures which could do nothing but waste steel.

  • Anna Asi

    China is the largest exporter and second largest importer of goods in the world. It is the world’s fastest-growing major economy. useless constructions !! Maybe in Dubai but not in China !!!