An Urban Mirror

The Fair Grounds and the Expo, German Virtues and Frailties

Manuel Cuadra 

In view of the brazenly unsatisfactory architecture of the German pavilion, it is a stroke of luck for this country that the organizers of a Universal Exposition should not be represented solely by the host pavilion, but by the exposition as a whole. In this sense, public opinion in Germany is quite satisfied with the work carried out by the planners and urbanists involved. The favourable conditions that guaranteed this success were created way ahead of time, on one hand through an early fixation of the idea of ‘sustainability’ as the guiding and central thread of the project, and on the other through the decision to include the grounds of the Hannover Messe in the plans for Expo 2000…[+]

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