Weekly design agenda: Shanghai World Expo architecture highlights

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The Independent Online

The World Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai May 1, and with it, daring pavilions for the respective participating countries open their doors to the public.

World Expo 2010
May 1 - October 31
Shanghai, China

This year's World Expo will again showcase the works of the world's best architects. Highlights include the Dream Cube by ESI Design and Atelier FCIZ Architects, China's corporate pavilion, which changes color depending on visitors' activity. Italy's pavilion by Giampaolo Imbrighi is built from transparent concrete, Norman Foster has created giant futuristic-looking dunes for the U.A.E, and Danish BIG Architects have incorporated a bike path.

Bklyn Designs
May 7-9
New York, USA

Featuring a diverse array of satellite exhibits, demonstrations, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and numerous other design events, Bklyn Designs is one of New York's hottest exhibitions of contemporary furnishings, lighting, and accessories made and/or designed in Brooklyn, all handpicked by a jury of editors from leading design and shelter magazines.

Creative Week NYC
May 10-16
New York, USA

Celebrating creativity in advertising, design, digital media, music, film and the fine arts, this series of events organized by non-profit The One Club features highlights including the New York Photo Festival.

National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?
May 14 - January 9, 2011
New York, USA

Why Design Now? - the fourth exhibition in the National Design Triennial series at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum - will explore the work of designers addressing human and environmental problems across many fields of design from architecture and product design to fashion, graphics, new media and landscape design.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF)
May 15-18
New York, USA

North America's biggest contemporary design fair is partially open to the public, with visitors being able to browse some of the best in interior design, get an update from the design colleges and immerse themselves in special exhibitions.