Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on March 26, 2008
According to UAE Interact, United Arab Emirates’ president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum are continuing to lead an effort originally set forth by Sheikh Zayed to build better lives for their country’s people. The focus this time around is on breaking new ground in the optimization of alternative energy resources.
The UAE Pavilion at Shanghai’s Expo 2010 will showcase these efforts with the design help of UK architectural company, Foster + Partners. The Shanghai Expo is said to be the first world expo on the theme of city, “Better City, Better Life.”
At 6,000 square meters, the pavilion is set to be one of the largest sites at Shanghai’s Expo. Foster + Partners are designing the pavilion with the base being an octagon and a screen made up of ancient Arabic patterns. Designed to include solar captors, the screen will provide energy for the running of the pavilion as well as cooling for the interior spaces.
I can only assume the design is in the earlier stages of development based on what I was able to find elsewhere online and on their website. It will be exciting to see more photos and follow the designs’ development for Shanghai Expo — not to mention reading more on Foster + Partner’s UAE Masdar Development that’s designed to achieve a carbon neutral and zero waste community on 6 square kilometers in 2016.
I imagine this project will be of much importance at UAE’s pavilion during The Shanghai Expo. Wish I could be there.