South Korea gears up for World Expo

17 Jan

“The city of Yeosu, on the southern coast of the Korean Peninsula, is hosting the  2012 Expo, set to open  May, with the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast.” As  a peninsula city encompassing more than 300 islands, Yeosu is well suited to  this seaside theme.” Source

Expo 2012, a world’s fair, will be held 12 May 2012 to 12 August 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea.
More information can be found at

Expo 2012 Promotional Video
(3 minute version)

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(Check out the ‘StarGate’ Ring in this video!!)

South Korea gears up for World Expo
Jan 9, 2012 by Euronews

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The South Korean coastal city of Yeosu is the venue for the next World Expo between May and August of 2012. Under construction is a modern village of pavilions and hi-tech attractions. “Some 4,000 workers are transforming the expo site, which covers almost three square kilometres, and officials say the construction work is right on schedule,” said euronews correspondent Seamus Kearney. The pressure is on to meet the high standard of previous world expos.

Glass Cube Pavilion from MVRDV to Inform Visitors About Ocean Life

“The theme of the 2012 International Exposition in Yeosu, South Korea, is “The Living Ocean and Coast”. As a response, architects at MVRDV have designed a pavilion that will contribute to raising awareness of the fragility of ocean ecosystems. The building is a kind of aquarium, a glass structure made of water basins that surround the central void. The idea was for each of the basins to display specific aspects of the ocean-the deep see, the tropical waters, the mangroves, reefs-entertaining and educating the public.

The structure is devoid of columns. The walls of the cube bear all weight, acting also as a thermal insulator for the inter object. Their latter function is particularly interesting, as it presents an empirical proof of the oceans importance as regulator of the world climate. Structural support elements are integrated within the walls. The water pressure and weight of the basins are additionally supported by using double-layered glass.

The building is accessed through an underground tunnel, leading the visitors to the central hall. From there they can take a tour of the world oceans which guides them past the water basins. The illumination of each basin can be individually programmed, according to phase of the day-night cycle they’re in.” Source

“It is worth mentioning that MVRDV was established in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) back in 1993. Its founders are Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. The studio creates various designs and carries out different studies in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape design.” Source

“Yeosu Expo Organizing Committee, according to officials, the 2012 Yeosu World Expo’s theme is ‘vibrant marine and coastal,’ ‘So far, 106 countries and nine international organizations have confirmed their participation, of which China was the first country to confirm participation is one of the first countries to get the hall key. ‘According to reports, China Pavilion is the largest of all the foreign pavilions one exhibition area of  about 1241 square meters, is divided into three parts: sea waves exhibition, the source of the sea and the sea of  Love exhibition pavilion. In addition, China Pavilion Day activities are scheduled to be held June 28//.” Source

Emergent Architecture and Kokkugia have designed an incredible Oceanic Pavilion for the Yeosu 2012 Expo in Korea, which will provide another showcase of amazing architecture once the Shanghai Expo has wound to a close. Intended as a centerpiece for the expo, the Oceanic Pavilion is a “celebration of the ocean as a living organism and the co-existence of human culture and ocean ecosystem.” Designed with the help of computer scripts, the amphibious pavilion is made from a series of ETFE membranes and armature that take on a life of their own through their organic layout.//” Source

“This little film invites you to discover the riches of Yeosu and the surrounding area … So why not take advantage of Expo 2012 Yeosu and do some sightseeing? Source:

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Expo 2012 mascots… Yeony and Suny (planktons)

‘Yeony and Suny are with the Pavilion of Korea at 1889 Paris World Expo’:
‘Yeony is impressed by Super Suny… of course !’

Read about USA’s ‘Shared Vision of Hope and Progress’ Featuring the themes of Diversity, Wonder and SolutionsUSA’s participation was announced October 13, 2011. “The United States pavilion will expand on the theme in a 12,000-square-foot  (1115-square-meter) exhibition, which will focus on the unique U.S. shoreline,  highlighting the great environmental and cultural diversity of the hundreds of  communities that line U.S. coasts on the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans and the  Gulf of Mexico. //

Cutting-edge technologies and old-fashioned storytelling will give an expected 8  million visitors in Korea a feel for life on American shores. A Web-friendly  version of the exhibition will also be available for online visitors.”// Source


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