With the excitement (or ennui) regarding the Expo (ZOMG! only 12 days left!), it’s sometimes easy to forget that the thing’s going to be done in six months. This begs the question: what’s going to happen next?
We’ve already covered that the China pavilion, the Theme pavilion, the Cultural Center, the Expo Center and the Expo Boulevard will stick around, aiming to become “permanent landmarks” on the site — the performance center is even slated to become a basketball center. However, the fate of the other, more foreign pavilions is less certain.
China Daily has run a preliminary look at their futures. Many will simply be dismantled; Germany’s pavilion steel frame is already slated to be sold. Others will be moved back “home”: UAE’s $146 million sand-dune construction will be taken apart and moved to Cultural Island in Abu Dhabi. France, on the other hand, has apparently expressed great enthusiasm about joining the China pavilion in permanent-Shanghai-landmark harmony.
Whether the impermanent status of the pavilions makes you more or less enthusiastic about the Expo, we don’t know — but it’s another excuse to run a picture of the awesome UK pavilion — which, after the Expo, will be moved to my backyard.