I'm loathe to perpetuate such an ugly phrase as "Axis of Evil," but someone on the Expo 2010 planning committee must have had it in mind when it was decided that Iran and North Korea would be pavilion neighbors.
Many of the pavilions at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai are phenomenal, both inside and out. The USA pavilion, however, is neither. But far worse than being visually unimpressive (which it is), the essence of our representation at the largest World's Fair carries an even sadder message.
Every time a bus, police car or mini sightseeing cart go by, you hear it: the soft buzz of an electric motor pushing wheels on pavement. Almost every official vehicle for the Expo is electric, whether it's powered by fuel cells, batteries or supercapacitors.
Yesterday we showed you some of our favorite pavilions' impressive exterior architecture, but what's on the inside, you may ask? Why, hyper-realistic megababies and other assorted wonders, of course! Check out a gallery of some of our favorite World Expo pavilion interiors here.
The UK's Seed Cathedral is the best pavilion at the 2010 Expo, hands down. After getting a chance to go inside, I've decided I want to not only worship but live amongst its 60,000 fiber-optic-lit seeds. Wouldn't you?
The primary draw at any World Expo is the architecture--almost every country in the world is here, and they all want to stand out. Match that desire with top-shelf architects and big government budgets, and some amazing things can happen. Without further ado, a photo guide to the best pavilions I've seen so far at Expo 2010 in Shanghai:
It may have been an unglamorous 15 hours from JFK to Shanghai in coach, but once on the ground, my transportation prospects improved significantly: I floated into the city levitating on a magnetic field at 160 mph.
Remember World's Fairs? Those dazzling displays of self-cleaning kitchens, rocket cars and robotic servants--the futures we'd all be living in around, well, now? Whose effervescence and ability to captivate seemed to have fizzled into nothingness long ago?
Well, they're back--having never technically gone anywhere. Shanghai, the world's foremost exploding City of the Future, is hosting the largest and most expensive World Expo ever presented. What visions of exactly what kind of future await? We're here this week to find out.