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    An urban “algae farm” producing low-carbon protein and bio-fuel is one of the highlights on show this week at the future energy-themed Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan.

    London-based EcoLogicStudio’s BIO.tech HUT is a three-part pavilion at the biennial world fair event, exploring the boundaries of biologically based architecture. The prototype aims to “probe the future, test scenarios and promote the emergence of a new narrative in future energy”.

    Published in Economy
    Saturday, 01 July 2017 14:35

    The Sphere is by itself an innovation

    “We used 14,000 tons of steel and that came with advanced engineering and technology on projection, production and erection. Four pieces of tower crane, were specially produced just for the Sphere,” he said. Also, a special foundation system with bore piling for high-bearing capacity was also completed for the project.

    “The Sphere is by itself an innovation. The double curved facade glazing is made in Italy and the Sphere includes solar photovoltaic panels,” Gucar said.

    The Expo 2017 Astana city was primarily divided into two phases. These included 97 exhibition and cultural pavilions and a residential development. In addition, service areas included shopping, socio-cultural, educational and civic facilities and parks and parking spaces. Phase 1, or the ‘Expo Mode’ entailed the construction of the exposition buildings. These included the central Kazakhstan pavilion, theme, corporate and international pavilions, as well as hotel, retail, art and performance areas.

    It also included the construction of a series of buildings that will act as a “covered city”. This provides residential, retail and office spaces. Phase 1 is primarily serving the Expo and its visitors. Bearing in mind the expo theme of “Future Energy,” the buildings are being constructed to take advantage of their site location.

    Applying best PM/CM practices

    By far, the most challenging aspect of the project was the brutality of a harsh winter.

    “We had to work in a sub-zero temperature of minus 46 degrees Celsius [minus 52 degrees Fahrenheit] with a fixed delivery date and no tolerance. We used ‘agile management techniques,’ comprising planning and scheduling, flexible resource planning, etc,” Gucar said.

    Published in Culture

    Regardless of whether you're arriving by air or road, Astana makes a dramatic appearance, rising from the barren steppe with foreign formations, some poking the sky.
    Astana brims with futuristic buildings, several designed by Sir Norman Foster.

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    Our company Sabura Group offers to handle all the issues on the event management, organization, control, performance of your country participation in National Pavilion projects at Astana Expo 2017. We do offer a “turnkey” service covering all management&construction issues or our company can render certain types of services on construction, decoration of pavilions, business travel services, technical support (audio&video equipment, lighting equipment , simultaneous translation equipment etc.), advertising&promotion, printing, catering and other services upon your request. We have extensive experience in construction of pavilions, event management, business travel&consultancy support for foreign delegations in Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan and many other countries.

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