Zaha Hadid and UN Studio are among 45 firms shortlisted to design the 2017 World Expo in Kazakhstan. Selected by the International Exhibitions Bureau in late 2012, Kazakhstan will be the first former Soviet Union country to host the event. With more than 100 countries and 10 international organizations participating, it's no surprise that some of the best architectural firms in the world are competing for the chance to design the expo center, leaving a permanent mark in the history books.
The theme of the 2017 World Expo is “Future Energy,” which offers a chance to spotlight innovative, but practical energy solutions and their global impact. This is a tantalizing topic full of many possibilities, and architectural firms known for both their innovation and efficiency have thrown their hats into the ring.
Among the select group of potential designers are many Inhabitat favorites: Zaha Hadid, UNStudio, Snøhetta and Safdie Architects. Coop Himmelblau, J. Mayer H, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas are also among the 45 architects competing to masterplan the 2017 world fair, which will take place for three months in the summer of that year.
“The theme of our exhibition is closely related to ‘green economy’, which takes into account the possibility of using alternative energy sources and the autonomous water and heat provision in each of the constructions,” said Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who suggested that some of the proposals could be combined to form a “symbiosis project”.
Which means we could have more than one lucky firm selected! Until then, feel free to browse the gallery of potential designs and the talented firms that created them.