China Pavilion Architect Celebrates in his Underpants

He Jingtang, architect of the China pavilion at Expo 2010 (Shanghai World’s Fair), on how he celebrated the crowds that turned out to view his building on October 1: “I especially chose underwear with the China Pavilion logo today to express my happiness.” As quoted (quote of the Expo, if you ask me) in Shanghai…

Exquisite Fakes and Real Caesareans: Shenzhen’s Subversive Expo 2010 Pavilion

From the moment that Expo 2010 (World’s Fair) was awarded in December 2002, the preemptive critics were ready to accuse the host country of presenting a watered-down, white-washed version of Shanghai, and China, for domestic and international consumption. And, to an extent, they were onto something: the China pavilion, and the Chinese provincial pavilions do,…

Shanghai Scrap’s revised, re-thought, totally new guide to Expo 2010 [Shanghai World’s Fair].

A week into Expo 2010’s [that is, the Shanghai World’s Fair’s] six month run I posted my ‘Simple Guide‘ to visiting the sprawling event that came down to one directive: go after dark. Much of that guide and advice was based upon visits during the construction phase, the soft opening, and two impromptu visits made…

When is a line a line, and when is it merely prestigious? At Expo 2010 [according to Turkey], of course.

Even before Expo 2010 [the Shanghai World’s Fair] opened on May 1, media, organizers, and visitors were buzzing about the epic lines expected at certain national pavilions. To be sure, lines (queues, my British friends) are reality at all modern Expos. But China, with its vast population, and determination to secure 70 million visitors before…

Technology of Happiness

What makes a great Expo 2010 (Shanghai World’s Fair) pavilion? Fancy architecture? 4-D films? A giant, custom-built theater complete with a rotating movie screen? Yes, yes, and yes! – depending upon how each of those features is deployed within the pavilion. But in the opinion of this blogger – your trusty, loyal Shanghai Scrap Expo…