The pavilion functions similarly to the natural processes of photosynthesis, its dynamic form is in service to its function, capturing energy from sunlight and fresh water from humid air.
In addition, the pavilion will host exhibitions that showcase the stresses of the planet, its natural resources and inspire diversity. The climate changes are both shown through the building itself, within the building and its exhibits, and the surrounding landscape. There are demonstration gardens, winding pathways and shaded enclaves to be experienced by the visitor. Once the visitor is walking through the pavilion, spiraling down the landscape and getting into the courtyard, he will observe the immense structure, and appreciate it not only for its formal beauty but also for its practical functionality.
Finally, the design seems to be flexible enough to have a long life and adaptability. Being flexible is another way of being sustainable and using the planet’s resources very carefully. It will be easily reused once the expo is over and inspire future generation with its legacy.
Daria Ricchi is an architectural historian and writer. She is currently visiting fellow at Oxford University, UK.
She has a Ph.D. in history and theory of architecture from Princeton University. She has taught at Princeton University, Yale University, and Parson. The New School, New York.
She published widely in scholarly and non-scholarly magazines (area, casamica- il corriere della sera, Low-Res, Pidgin, Threshold, AA Files).
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