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From Playful Methodologies to Fictional Possibilities: 5 Emerging Practices in Europe

Five emerging architecture studio profiles from Portugal, Spain, France, and the Czech Republic have been chosen by New Generations, a European platform that analyses the most innovative emerging practices at the European level, providing a new space for the exchange of knowledge and confrontation, theory, and production. Since 2013, New Generations has involved more than 300 practices in a diverse program of cultural activities, such as festivals, exhibitions, open calls, video-interviews, workshops, and experimental formats.

Selgascano + FRPO Design Inflatable Canopy for Spain's EXPO 2020 National Pavilion

Architecture firms Selgascano and FRPO have been announced as a finalist in the competition to design Spain's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. Their proposal includes an inflatable canopy of nine yellow ETFE cylinders set within a steel framework. Reinterpreting the Spanish plaza, the design creates a new take on the public square. The pavilion was made to be ultralight as a more sustainable structure that could be easily removed and transported. Formed as a 'breathing pavilion', the design allows two inflatables to move up and down to respond to views, light and breeze.

Spanish Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Selgascano & FRPOSpanish Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Selgascano & FRPOSpanish Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Selgascano & FRPOSpanish Pavilion+ 22

Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilions and Architecture

For the Dubai 2020 Expo, the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, selected the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Organized around ideas of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, the next world Expo will be the first to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. Organised every five years, the world expo lasts six months and is created as a global destination for millions of people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity.

UAE Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Santiago CalatravaSustainability Pavilion. Image © GrimshawMobility Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Foster + PartnersAustria Pavilion. Image © Querkraft+ 10