Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Postcards From Shanghai

Foreign Policy has a terrific slideshow spotlighting some of the pavilions from the Shanghai World Expo -- an assortment that FP describes as "lavish, futuristic, and sometimes just plain weird." Re just plain weird: I can't help but wonder if they're talking about the U.K. pavilion, the centerpiece of which (pictured above) is "a six storey high object formed from some 60,000 slender transparent rods, which extend from the structure and quiver in the breeze."

To be clear, "just plain weird" doesn't mean bad, or stupid, or even ill-conceived. It just means extremely different, and why not? What's the point in participating in a World Expo dedicated to the cityscapes and landscapes of tomorrow if you're not going to offer people something they've never seen before? That said, I do wonder if the designer, Thomas Heatherwick, is a "Star Trek" fan -- because, well, anyone else reminded of a Tribble?

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