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Architects soak up Expo tips

MORE than 600 Chinese building designers have visited World Expo 2010 Shanghai to learn from pavilion designs and the use of latest technology and materials, a government-backed national design association said yesterday.

Some Expo design technologies have already been used in the construction of the Shanghai Tower, the soon-to-be tallest building in the city.

But some Expo experience can't be adopted in China immediately because of material costs and technology standards, experts said.

Most Expo architects recorded the details of their pavilion designs on association platforms which can be referenced in the future, said Wu Yiliang, director of the China Exploration and Design Association.

"The World Expo is a big stage for the most advanced design and new material application, therefore, it's a good learning opportunity," Wu said during an interview at an architecture design award ceremony.

World Expo buildings came under the spotlight during the Innovation Cup BIM (building information modeling) Design Competition, a top industry competition organized by the association and design software vendor Autodesk.

The World Expo Cultural Center, the State Grid Pavilion, the SAIC-GM Pavilion and the Austria Pavilion won awards in the competition, thanks to high-tech and green design philosophy. The analysis tools for wind and sunshine duration, used in the State Grid Pavilion, are now used in the construction of 632-meter Shanghai Tower, according to Patrick Williams, Autodesk's Asia Pacific president.

Some Expo buildings will remain and have huge influence on urban construction, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, according to Williams.

China is set to adopt more BIM and 3D applications in its design sectors but it's just in the start-up stage now, Wu said.


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