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    Friday, 14 July 2017 06:00

    Spain Pavilion at Expo Astana 2017

    On 22 November the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) designated Astana Kazakhstan as the city that will host the International Exhibition from 10 June to 10 September 2017.

    The central theme of Astana Expo 2017, Energy for the future, is designed to reassess our attitude to energy and its consumption. The idea is to provide a platform for global dialogue on strategic priorities in the use of modern energy sources and to seek, in a coordinated manner, a response to the challenges of our day. The main goal is to promote a new energy model for the future, which involves the progressive development of our planet resulting in the wellbeing of future generations.

    Published in Economy
    Friday, 14 July 2017 06:00

    The Holland Pavilion at Expo 2017

    Holland’s activities at Expo Astana 2017 are an ode to the Dutch mind-set: Low lands, high energy. The Dutch have been battling water for centuries. Over time, the country's geographical position below sea level and the confrontations resulting from this formed the famous Dutch mind-set. It made the country collectively push back the waters and reset its frontiers. Making way for a creative breeding place with an energy which is both thriving and unique. Always in the typical Dutch way: open, exploratory, cross-pollinating and purposeful.

    Visitors to the Holland Pavilion will be able to experience the development of the Dutch mind-set in three shows, the highlight being an innovative digital surprise that will be revealed on the opening day of Expo 2017.

    Published in Business

    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

    Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan and Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis discussed July 10 in Astana bilateral trade and economic cooperation in the light and food industries, agriculture, tourism, education, training of civil aviation personnel and medical tourism, reported primeministe

    They also focused on transit transport as well as small and medium-sized business development.

    One day prior, Vejonis took part in the celebration of the National Day of Latvia at EXPO 2017.

    Published in Business
    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

    Expo 2017 Astana is an International Exposition currently taking place in the Kazakhstani capital. With its theme “Future Energy”, it aims to create a global debate between countries and the public. It expects to attract up to 3 million visitors.

    As project manager for some of the project’s key compontents, Hill International faced a considerable challenge. John Paolin (right), Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Comjohn paolin hill internationalmunications at Hill explains how it played its part in bringing this remarkable undertaking to life, on time and within budget.

    Published in Business

    Staging such an important exhibition in Kazakhstan will accelerate our transition to a modern and sustainable economy  

    EXPO 2017 has got off to a very impressive start. 115 countries, 22 international organizations, and many major companies have taken up the invitation to showcase their technology and ideas in Astana, Kazakhstan this summer.

    Published in Business
    Monday, 26 June 2017 12:54

    Culinary: Eat besbermak

    Kazakh food is centred around horse meat and mutton. We admit it doesn’t sound that appealing, but you can’t come to Kazakhstan and not try the national dish besbermak.

    Besbermak is basically boiled horsemeat or mutton, chunks of fat, and flat noodles. Horsemeat is considered a delicacy in Kazakhstan, so if you are served it in a family home feign some excitement!

    Published in Tourism

    The National Museum of Kazakhstan (500 tenge entrance) has recently been renovated, and is quite impressive. We spent a couple of hours wandering through the exhibits, which tell the story of Kazakhstan from pre-historic to modern times.

    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.

    Published in Business
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      Algae-producing architecture a “future energy” highlight at Astana Expo 2017

      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”.

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    • The Sphere is by itself an innovation
      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.

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      Expo 2017 Astana is at the heart of Kazakhstan’s drive to showcase itself as an emerging nation in Central Asia. Thius is being done on the back of its huge hydrocarbon wealth and no efforts were spared to ensure its success. 

       

      With oil being the principal source of revenue for Kazakhstan, despite prices being low since 2015, the government remained committed to ensuring uninterrupted flow of funding for the project. Hill has been playing a major role for the development that had a price tag of nearly $3.3 billion.

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      Expo 2017 Astana – a successful June opening

      Expo 2017 Astana is an International Exposition currently taking place in the Kazakhstani capital. With its theme “Future Energy”, it aims to create a global debate between countries and the public. It expects to attract up to 3 million visitors.

      As project manager for some of the project’s key compontents, Hill International faced a considerable challenge. John Paolin (right), Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Comjohn paolin hill internationalmunications at Hill explains how it played its part in bringing this remarkable undertaking to life, on time and within budget.

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    • The Holland Pavilion at Expo 2017
      The Holland Pavilion at Expo 2017

      Holland’s activities at Expo Astana 2017 are an ode to the Dutch mind-set: Low lands, high energy. The Dutch have been battling water for centuries. Over time, the country's geographical position below sea level and the confrontations resulting from this formed the famous Dutch mind-set. It made the country collectively push back the waters and reset its frontiers. Making way for a creative breeding place with an energy which is both thriving and unique. Always in the typical Dutch way: open, exploratory, cross-pollinating and purposeful.

      Visitors to the Holland Pavilion will be able to experience the development of the Dutch mind-set in three shows, the highlight being an innovative digital surprise that will be revealed on the opening day of Expo 2017.

      Written on Friday, 14 July 2017 06:00 in Business Be the first to comment! Read 48 times Read more...

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