Extraordinary? Expo Zaragoza 2008 Explores Water and Sustainability Development

Spain will host next summer Expo Zaragoza 2008, an international exposition in the Spanish city that will focus on water and sustainability from more than 90 countries.

Check out the Water and Sustainability Video! The planned architecture is amazing.

The show is being regulated by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the regulatory commission that formed after the Exposition Universelle of 1889 (in Paris) of Eiffel Tower fame. Apparently, there are differences between the International Expositions, such as this one and the Universal Expositions, which are also regulated by the B.I.E.

Universal Expositions are held every 5 years on a site with no area limitations. They last 6 months and address a general theme. An example of this type of exposition is the Seville “Expo 92”. International Expositions, such as the one planned for Zaragoza in 2008, are held over 3 months on a site of no more than 25 hectares. They address a specific theme, which in this case, is “Water and Sustainable Development”.

The main themes are

  • Water on the planet.
  • Why water is a unique resource.
  • Supply and demand – an unstable balance.
  • Stress on water and the world crisis.
  • Rethinking water.
  • Governability and Water as a universal human right.