CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Germany: Innovations make a "balancity"

06-09-2010 09:28 BJT Special Report: Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

Watch Video

Play Video

A city can only be a good place to live if it strikes a balance between renewal and preservation, innovation and tradition, urbanity and nature, community and individual development, and work and leisure. This is the message of "Balancity", a term coined by German Pavilion organizers to mean "a city in balance."

Balancity is shown in the pavilion's architecture. Four huge silver sheets create a roof over the entire German Pavilion. They are offering visitors shade from the sun and protection from the rain.

Besides having a practical purpose, they also reflect a philosophy: the interplay between carrying and being carried, between leaning on and supporting. Each structure is precariously balanced, but when joined with the others, it finally becomes stable.

According to the chief architect of the pavilion, Lennart Wiechell, the pavilion was designed to be a walk-through sculpture with no defined interior or exterior, unlike a "traditional" building.

For visitors, the journey starts with a makeshift harbor, through gardens, parks, a town planning office and factory, past the opera hall and toward a power plant. It's a microcosm of a real city.

The pavilion is Germany's largest ever at a World Expo. It also showcases elements of German urban life and how the country's products and designs can help solve the universal problems of urbanization.

Using its pavilion, Germany wants to show the world it remains at the forefront of technological innovation that features perfect function, world-class aesthetics, better ergonomics, with a strong focus on sustainability.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program