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Innovation and Sustainability at Expo Dubai: the Designers of the Pavilions of Italy, Finland and Switzerland compared

Talk with architects Carlo Ratti, Teemu Kurkela, Christoph Kellenberger 

The initiative, promoted by the Association of Architects of Rome and its Province, will be held online at 4 PM on 25 March 

The 1st of October will mark the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest post-pandemic global event and the world’s most important showcase in which to present the very best ideas and projects and exemplary innovative models in the field of tangible and intangible infrastructure. 

The Universal Expo, the first to be held in an Arab Country, will be a global forum of debate in favour of a sustainable world, with architecture and engineering as the new key players at the service of security, health and better lifestyles. It is precisely these themes that will be addressed by the designers of three of the Pavilions present at Expo Dubai: Carlo Ratti (Carlo Ratti Associates, Turin – New York) of the Italy Pavilion, Teemu Kurkela (JKMM Architects Ltd, Helsinki) of the Finland Pavilion, and Christoph Kellenberger (OOS AG, Zurich) of the Switzerland Pavilion. 

The initiative, curated by architect Arianna Callocchia, will be held online from 4 to 7 PM next 25 March and falls within the scope of the Architecture Course of the Culture Commission of the House of Architecture of the Association of Architects (OAR) of Rome and its Province.  

“The three key words of Expo Dubai 2020 – said Luca Ribichini, President of the Culture Commission of the House of Architecture of the OAR – are Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The event will have the participation of 200 States that for six months will convert the city into the world’s largest showcase for the very best ideas, projects and innovative models. Obviously, the exhibition pavilions are the spearhead of the latest research, especially in the field of architecture, which must absolutely be known in order to understand new emerging trends.”  

“The Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai – said Italian Commissioner Paolo Glisenti – will constitute a model of reference for narrative architecture evoking our eternal and never-ending voyage towards new frontiers of knowledge and beauty. And it will be the pilot study for a habitat of reference for post-pandemic urban regeneration projects. It will offer a unique experience in an immersive itinerary between memory and future, between historical tradition and innovation. The merit goes to the architects who designed the structure as well as the indoor settings.” 

The curator of the initiative, architect Arianna Callocchia, explains the essence of this event: “The initiative aims to present some of the most significant Pavilions at EXPO 2020 Dubai, not only with respect to the theme of architecture and contemporary design, but also of spearheading technological innovation, sustainability, environmental impact and circular economy, with the aim of creating professional and cultural exchanges between the Italian and international architects invited to illustrate their projects.” 

This initiative will cover from the macro dimension – namely urban planning and architecture – to the definition of open spaces, street furniture, all the way down to the interior decoration of the pavilions, exploring and relating the details of the EXPO’s different design levels, explained in the words of the people who are working on-site these months.  

In addition to the designers, the other contributors to the event will be Luca Ribichini, Presidente of the Culture Commission of the House of Architecture of the OAR, Paolo Glisenti, Italian General Commissioner for Expo 2020 Dubai and Marco Pietrosante, ADI – Associazione Italiana di Disegno Industriale.  

The debate will be moderated by Francesco Aymonino, Culture Commission of the House of Architecture of the OAR. 

The initiative is promoted by the Culture Commission of the House of Architecture of the Association of Architects P.P.C. of Rome and its Province Roma Capitale

In partnership with  

ATL – Association of Finnish Architects’ Offices  

ADI – Associazione per il disegno industriale

With the sponsorship of Dubai Tourism

Link to sign up for the Webinar (click on the “esterni/non-member” option) 

Press Office: Italian General Commissioner’s Office for Expo 2020 Dubai