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Throughout the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, green has been the chief buzz word. From solar panels to rooftop gardens and eco air conditioning, more than 200 pavilions from around the world are showcasing new green technologies.
The new technologies being shown at this year's Shanghai World Expo are almost all tinged with green.
The 5.28 square km site is brimming with all things eco friendly.
The China Pavilion and Theme Pavilion themselves are fitted with solar panels on their roofs.
The Expo axis has been designed as a parade of so-called "sun valleys" - sunlight catchers that light the multi-level walkway and collect rainwater for use in cooling the structure.
Each pavilion has taken on the challenge in a different way.
|The Shanghai Pavilion, called EcoHome, showcases a home of the future, |
with rooms for grandparents as well as children and examples of how to
save water. (File Photo)
The Shanghai Pavilion, called EcoHome, showcases a home of the future, with rooms for grandparents as well as children and examples of how to save water.
Fan Yifei, Ecohome's Architect, said, "Eco-architecture doesn't have to be unattainable or very expensive. Instead, it can adopt elements that already exist in traditional culture."
The model home features solar panels and a rooftop garden that cools the building in the summer and offers a sun terrace in the winter.
The Finland Pavilion packages sustainability in modern Finnish design. The entire building, known as the Giant's Kettle, is covered in shingles that resemble fish scales.