(Uberbau, 2013) Our concept interprets the term energy in the widest sense possible. Energy is all kinds of activity, production, economy, transport, social life, etc. So far urban development has been dealing with these energies separately. The results are inefficient and mono-functional systems that waste energies instead of creating synergies. Our project is radically integrating Astana’s energies to create multifunctional and hybrid spatial systems that work on different scales and that use infrastructure more efficiently, a quality that Astana’s car-dominated city layout currently lacks.
While the Expo Event will last for only three months, the Expo site will remain for decades to come. The Expo Event is an opportunity to upgrade the urban infrastructure of Astana and to implement a prototype for long-term, sustainable, and energy-efficient urban development in Kazakhstan.
Future Energy not only means changing energy production but also minimizing the impact and energy needed for the built environment. To achieve this, the flexibility and lightness of built structures are key factors. While the public infrastructures proposed have long life spans the Expo and the Expo City have shorter ones. The Expo complex is a statement about lightness through its light and transparent architecture that has a minimal impact and that is temporary and fully dismountable and reusable after the Expo.
Project summary: Astana Expo 2017 [4MB]