THE EXPO are trade fair characterized by a specific theme. It is also a term adopted by the BIE, Bureau International des Expositions.
The B.I.E. Bureau International des Expositions is an international society, signed by an agreement with many countries and was born in Paris in 1928. It currently has 168 member states and organizations. Non-members countries may participate at the exhibitions organized by the BIE and numerous international associations are invited to participate in the Expo, too.
The BIE controls, regulates, coordinates and follows the different phases that will bring EXPO: from control to the selection of candidates to the programming of the final event. B.I.E.’s goals are: to work for the environment, strengthen the relations between the different countries, share cultures and education, foster development, experiment with the future.
The Expo may be UNIVERSAL or INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS. The purpose of the universal exhibitions is to promote technological progress and industrial worldwide, presenting the latest innovations that somehow can improve the conditions of social and economic life of the planet.
Many are the Universal Exhibitions Specialized and officially recognized by the BIE that have followed from 1933 to today, but some of them, even prior to this date, made history.
Down below we present some of the monuments that were created for the presentation of the Universal Exhibition, which have been built for the occasion. Some of these installations have proven much more than temporary facilities and have become real monuments.
Crystal Palace- London 1851
The Crystal Palace was built during the first World Exhibition in London in 1851 and is a huge iron and glass building, spread over 84,000 square meters. It was built in only four months, was installed and then be dismantled and relocated elsewhere at the end of the event. But in 1936, the Crystal Palace was completely destroyed by fire, remained up only the two side towres damaged by fire and later demolished during World War II for safety reasons. Even today, the Crystal Palace is present in all the history books and is a source of inspiration of ‘modern architecture.
Tour Eiffel- Paris 1889
Most famous monument in Paris, was built in more than two years for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 and dedicated to the centenary of the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of the French capital. Three years, 300 workers, 18,000 pieces of forged iron, half a million nails and 324 meters high. Born from the engineering genius of Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
Civic Aquarium – Milan 1906
The Civic Aquarium of Milan was built for the Universal Exhibition is the construction of Milan in 1906, dedicated to the theme of transport, and it was the only pavilion not to be dismantled after the event. The Civic Aquarium is the third oldest aquarium in Europe.
Atomium – Brussels 1958
The Atomium is a monument built on the occasion of ‘World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958. It is located in Heysel Park, was built entirely of steel that represents the nine atoms of an iron crystal. It has a total height of 102 meters and 18 meters of spheres that are connected by escalators.
Space Needle – Seattle USA 1962
The Space Needle is a tower 184 feet high, designed by John Graham for the Universal Exposition in Seattle in 1962. You can visit the tower with a breathtaking panoramic view, and in 1962. You can visit the tower with a breathtaking panoramic view, and where at 152 metres a restaurant is located.
Aquarium – Genoa 1992
L ‘Aquarium of Genoa is the largest aquarium in Italy and second in Europe. The Aquarium was built for the Specialized Exposition in 1992 celebrating the Five Hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America. The site located in Ponte Spinola spread over 5 floors with a total area of 9,700 square meters.
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