Expo 2010 Shanghai China will be a great event to explore the full potential of urban life in the 21st century and a significant period in urban evolution. Fifty-five percent of the world population is expected to live in cities by the year 2010. The prospect of future urban life, a subject of global interest, concerns all nations, developed or less developed, and their people. Being the first World Exposition on the theme of city, Exposition 2010 will attract governments and people from across the world, focusing on the theme “Better City, Better Life.” For its 184 days, participants will display urban civilisation to the full extent, exchange their experiences of urban development, disseminate advanced notions on cities and explore new approaches to human habitat, lifestyle and working conditions in the new century. They will learn how to create an eco-friendly society and maintain the sustainable development of human beings.
In this event, Artha Graha will be joining as one of Indonesia representatives. Indonesia’s pavilion represents a diversified but growing and creative nation. Housed in the four-story pavilion are, among other things, a performance stage, an auditorium and a multi-media theater, which will collectively facilitate a lively presentation covering nature and people’s daily life in Indonesia, its rich land and marine resources, as well as its diverse cultural heritage.
World Expo has been organized for more than one and a half century since it was first held with the name “Great Exhibition” in The Crystal Place, London, England in 1851.
World Expo is the first international exhibition that influence the development of several aspects in the society such as art and design education, international relationship and trade, and tourism.
Presently, there are 2 main categories of world exhibition in the world; Registered (also known as Universal) and Recognized (also known as Specialized). Besides the 2 categories, there is the third category called Horticultural Expo.
Registered Expo (Or more known as Universal Expo) is the biggest event category where every participants build their own pavilion as the main attraction of the exhibition with extravagant cost. Since 1995, Registered Expo has been held every 5 years and the next Registered Expo is World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China.
About World Expo 2010
World Expo 2010 is the biggest international exhibition event in BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) scale which is held every 5 years. World Expo 2010 will be held in Shanghai, China, with the full name The World Exposition 2010 Shanghai China.
The theme for this World Expo is “Better City , Better Life”, as a reflection from the general policy of human kind that wanted city life to be better in the future.
The event that will be held from 1 May-31 October 2010 is located in an area of 5,28 km2 where 3,28 km2 is an indoor Expo area.
The World Expo 2010 is predicted to attract 200 participants from various countries, more than 25 sponsors, partnership and cooperation with social and culture community. It also expected to attract 70 million visitors that will become the highest number in the history of world exhibition.
This theme was developed from a series of words: Bio (life / life / living things) – Diverse (diversity) – City (city). ‘Bio Diverse City’ represents life – cultural diversity and urban environment with all aspects of life, culture, natural environment, history and other aspects that influence it.
Building Concept Background :
* Peace, freedom and creativity within a clear framework.
* The wealth and diversity of nature with unique flow uphill and different levels
* Process: atmosphere and experience.
* Organic material that has air gap.
The exterior of the Indonesia Pavilion is covered with greenish bamboo sticks and some bamboo grows out of the pavilion ceiling. With a special fibre that is strong and breathes well, bamboo has long been favored as a construction material. The use of bamboo for the Indonesia Pavilion symbolizes the synergy between the traditional and contemporary lifestyle of Indonesia.
The pavilion represents a diversified but growing and creative nation. Housed in the four-story pavilion are, among other things, a performance stage, an auditorium and a multi-media theater, which will collectively facilitate a lively presentation covering nature and people’s daily life in Indonesia, its rich land and marine resources, as well as its diverse cultural heritage.
Highlight 1 : Waterfall
A 600-meter passageway runs through the whole pavilion. A high waterfall will be created in the middle of the building, creating a unique view in the pavilion. Water falls in different forms, and the small drops fall like countless dazzling pearls. Visitor’s view of the waterfall will change as they go upwards along the passageway.
Highlight 2 : Traditional Food
The Indonesian restaurant is undoubtedly a world of pleasure for the culinary adventurer. At the restaurant, one can try traditional Indonesian food, including Satay and Nasi Kuning, while enjoying Indonesian singing and dancing.
Highlight 3 : Sweet Music
The audio exhibition area on the pavilion’s second floor will display seven musical instruments, including the guitar, Chinese Erhu and traditional Indonesian percussion instruments. Professional bands will also perform there. Visitors will have the opportunity to play the exhibited musical instruments to create their own music.
Highlight 4 : Sculpture of Zheng He
Zheng He, the Chinese explorer who made 7 voyages to the Western Ocean, initiated the bilateral diplomatic relationship between China and Indonesia. To commemorate this history, the pavilion recreates the scene of ‘The Great Voyages of Zheng He’ by erecting a 3-meter sculpture of Zheng He and a traditional Indonesian ship on the second floor of the pavilion.