Mike Chino

Construction Complete on the UK's Stunning Seed Cathedral

by , 04/05/10

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The pavilion was designed to convey the expo’s theme of “Better City, Better Life”. According to the architects, “The UK, with its millions of gardens, thousands of public parks and garden squares, has pioneered the integration of nature into cities as a way of making them healthier places, in which to live and work. The UK pavilion encourages visitors to look again at the role of nature and wonder whether it could be used to solve the current social, economic and environmental challenges of our cities.

The 2010 Shanghai Expo is set to begin in May, and once the festival has run its course, all 60,000 rods in the seed cathedral will be donated as a symbol of continued friendship between the UK and China. According to Professor Stephen Hopper, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, “Seeds stored in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank in the UK, and in our partners’ seed banks around the world, have the potential to enable human innovation, adaptation and resilience; helping current and future generations to lead better lives.

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  3. davidwayneosedach April 8, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I hope that beautiful pavillion ends up in London! It would fit right in with this centuries UK.

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