Expo Milano 2015 ended…World Architecture Festival 2015 to begin tomorrow.
The Expo Milano 2015 ended officially on the last day of October 2015 after a successful running in the past 6 months of the year. The expo had attracted over 21 million visitors, of which around one third are foreigners. If you didn’t know about it, it is a universal-scaled exposition held once every five years in different cities across the world. Previously when the expo this year had just commenced in May, I had written quite a number of blog posts about it too, with emphasis on the variety of unique pavilion’s designs. The Expo Milano 2015 had a theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ with food being the principal focus of the exposition.
There is about 100 pavilions or structures built purposely by various nations and international organizations for the expo, and they are all depicted into mini-scale drawings compiled together (shown above). You can click on the image to zoom in for a better look on the many pavilions built for this particular expo. The illustration is neat and interesting. For architecture students, this is where you can learn on how to illustrate an architecture with clarity by just drawing a few lines with minimal usage of colours and in a small space. Simplified yet telling a big picture.
Eventhough I have been writing a lot and is quite interested into Expo Milano 2015 this year, but I didn’t have any chance to go over there to visit the expo. Well, I missed the chance and I have actually not visited any expo like this before. I would love to visit one soon. The next World Expo will be on 2020 and the host city will be Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In the bidding to host the expo, there are not many strong cities bidding and so with Dubai’s excellent progress in development and wealth status, the city eventually won enough votes to host this global-scale event in 2020. Dubai likes to build big to show off to the world, and so I think they are going to deliver an impressive world expo just like how Shanghai did back in 2010. The theme for Dubai 2020 Expo is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating The Future’.
On the other hand, the annual World Architecture Festival is back. As usual, it will be held at Singapore, and for this year, it will be held from 4th to 6th November at Marina Bay Sands. This is also an event that I would like to attend somewhere in the future (hopefully very soon). It is a perfect event for those in architecture field from across the world to gather together to share their passion and knowledge in designs and built environment. There would be many seminars, talks and debates by architects and professionals during the three days of the festival. The event also gives chance for visitors to understand how the judging is made to select winners in the awards section of the festival. Once the awards’ winners are announced, I will write another blog post about it later.
I myself have visited our local ARCHIDEX exhibition for almost every year, but I think it’s time for me to look out further and to join international architectural event like this one to expand my knowledge and connection with successful and famous people in this field. I’m sure this is going to be beneficial to me. Furthermore, the location is not that far unlike the Expo 2015 which is at Milan, Italy. This one (World Architecture Festival) is only few hundred kilometres south from my home. It’s easily and quickly reachable.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)