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Expo 2020 Dubai: The Latest Architecture and News

TED Talk: Es Devlin Explores Iconic Stage Designs for Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West and More

13:00 - 3 May, 2019
TED Talk: Es Devlin Explores Iconic Stage Designs for Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West and More, Courtesy of Es Devlin
Courtesy of Es Devlin

Artist and designer Es Devlin recently joined TED2019 to explore her iconic stage sculptures and upcoming work for Expo 2020 Dubai. Creating works for Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, U2 and more, Devlin is known for creating large-scale performative sculptures and environments that fuse music, language and light. Her TED Talk highlights a visual journey of Devlin's work to illustrate her incredible creative process.

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Thailand Begins Construction on "Curtain of Blossoms" for Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion

13:00 - 29 April, 2019
Thailand Begins Construction on "Curtain of Blossoms" for Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion, Thailand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Kingdom of Thailand, Expo 2020 Dubai
Thailand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Kingdom of Thailand, Expo 2020 Dubai

The Kingdom of Thailand has broken ground for its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, becoming the first South East Asian country to begin the construction of its pavilion. The Thailand Pavilion will represent the country through its ‘Mobility for the Future’ theme to showcase transportation, logistics, digital connectivity and personal mobility. To help reduce the heat transmitting to the building, the pavilion will be draped in a curtain made from more than 500 artificial blossoms. Inspired by traditional floral garlands used to welcome guests, the design symbolizes hospitality, luck and respect.

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Saudi Arabia Unveils Massive "Window to the Future" for Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion

05:00 - 17 April, 2019
Saudi Arabia Unveils Massive "Window to the Future" for Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion, Saudi Arabia Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Boris Micka Associates
Saudi Arabia Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Boris Micka Associates

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has unveiled the design of its pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai. The project will cover an area the size of two football pitches as the second-biggest in size only to that of the United Arab Emirates. Designed by Boris Micka Associates, the pavilion was made as a "window to the future" that symbolizes the nation's welcoming character, long heritage and unlimited drive.

Saudi Arabia Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Boris Micka Associates Saudi Arabia Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Boris Micka Associates Saudi Arabia Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Boris Micka Associates Saudi Arabia Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Boris Micka Associates + 5

SuperSpatial Reinvents E-waste for the Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020

04:00 - 28 January, 2019
SuperSpatial Reinvents E-waste for the Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020, South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial
South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial

Multidisciplinary practice SuperSpatial was selected as one of the 6 finalists for the South Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. Their design explores the future of e-waste through an architecture that re-uses thousands of obsolete computer parts as a construction material. Shaped as an amphitheater for temporary events, the project uses the Expo as an occasion to think about the global problem of e-waste by using a pavilion as a critical medium.

South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial South Korean Pavilion. Image Courtesy of SuperSpatial + 11

Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

04:00 - 11 January, 2019
Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, © Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture
© Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture

Clément Blanchet Architecture in collaboration with Etienne Tricaud (AREP) have been shortlisted for the French pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The winner will be announced in February. The proposal is intended to enhance both the virtual world and the real to support human communication, cultures and interactions. The pavilion will be built around the themes of Light and Mobility to create a hidden oasis with two vertical gardens facing one another.

Yong Ju Lee and Atelier KJ Create Floating Frames for Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

13:00 - 6 December, 2018
Yong Ju Lee and Atelier KJ Create Floating Frames for Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ
Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ

Yong Ju Lee Architecture and Atelier KJ have created "Elusive Boundary" for the Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The project is designed as a place for radical encounters of different fields. The main theme of Korean Pavilion, Mobility, is defined as a new space of possibility created by movement between territories and escape/expansion to new territories. The movement defined by new mobility is not linear, but a simultaneous event between territories.

Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ + 15

A First Look at the US Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, Designed by Fentress

10:20 - 28 November, 2018
A First Look at the US Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, Designed by Fentress, Courtesy of Fentress Architects
Courtesy of Fentress Architects

The design of the USA Pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai has been revealed, designed by Curtis W. Fentress and Fentress Architects. Destined to represent more than 325million Americans, the pavilion seeks to “provide a unique platform for [the United States] to come together to showcase the very best of [their] cultural and commercial achievements.”

The pavilion is to be circular in form, with “slants fashioned to project a sensation of movement, making the viewer feel like the building itself is in motion.” The pavilion’s interior will showcase American innovation and technology, including the premiere of the Virgin Hyperloop One ride experience.

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Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020

13:00 - 27 November, 2018
Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020, Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski
Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski

Architect Gabriel Kozlowski has partnered with Gringo Cardia, Bárbara Graeff, and Tripper Arquitetura to design a structure of floating tree branches for the Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The pavilion is inspired by one of the greatest technological achievements of Brazil: the improvement of the Direct Planting System over straw. The design conceptually mimics this scheme through its layered arrangement - soil, an entanglement of protection, productivity - presenting itself as both a building and a symbolic image.

Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski + 11

LAVA Selected to Design German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai

13:00 - 8 November, 2018
LAVA Selected to Design German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes
German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes

The Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has been selected to design the German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed as a vertical campus that blends nature and technology, the pavilion takes cues from local architecture and Germany’s history of outstanding lightweight pavilion design. Formally, the design features a freeform roof that encloses interlinked floating cubes that house exhibition and event spaces.

German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes + 16