Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) has been chosen as winner of an international design competition for World EXPO-2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Many of the 105 entries were Starchitect firms like: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, UNStudio, Safdie Architects, and Zaha Hadid Architects— so it was a big win for AS+GG.
The World Expo 2017 has a theme of Future Energy. Their vision “is to highlight solutions and paths that ensure sustainable energy management. These pathways are aimed at combating climate change and reducing CO2 emissions; promoting energy alternatives – renewable energy in particular – and driving energy efficiency programmes; ensuring energy security; managing energy production, storage and use; and guaranteeing universal access to sustainable energy”.
The design is based upon economist Jermey Rifikin’s popular book The Third Industrial Revolution with it’s theory that internet technology and renewable energy will transform energy, the economy and the World. This ideology has been adopted by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The entire complex will be within a “smart grid” where its buildings become “generators of power” by renewable sources like sun and wind, and stored using innovative technologies. The sustainable city will include exposition buildings, pavilions, retail, art and performance spaces, as well as hotel, residential and office accommodations, and be reusable after the World’s Fair is over.
- What Does a City of the “Third Industrial Revolution” Look Like? (gizmodo.co.uk)
- Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture to design Astana Expo 2017 (dezeen.com)