Architecture from the Shanghai World Expo is celebrated in a recently published photography book, The Unbeatable Contemporary Masterpieces.
The 480-page coffee-table style book showcases the architectural, cultural, economic and political legacy left by the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. More than 70 million people visited the 184-day event – making it the biggest Expo in history.
Under the slogan, “Better City, Better Life,” 214 countries took part in the Shanghai World Expo and The Unbeatable highlights the Expo’s world class architecture with contributions from renowned architects including Zaha Hadid, Foster + Partners, BIG architects, Miralles Tagliabue, EMBT, Heatherwick Studio, Jacques Ferrier, CC Atelier de Arquitectura and more.
The book examines the motives behind the pavilion’s country themes, discusses sustainability and highlights reputable awards. Acclaimed architects share their unique design ideas, showcasing initial design sketches, drawings, models and formerly unpublished material.
Personal perspectives and the foresight in creating a ‘life after Expo’ for their buildings are revealed in the book. ■