World Expos have come a long way since its inception to become a global centre stage where the world descends to exhibit innovations, share ideas and chart the course for a new future. The World Expos have evolved over the ages to embrace new themes and characters. The World Expos, in a way, have reflected the paths of progress traced by the human race. As we inch toward the World Expo 2020, to be held in Dubai, let us take a look at some of the most iconic world expo inventions and buildings (listed in no particular order or relevance).
10 iconic world expo inventions and buildings
The Telephone, Philadelphia, 1876
The telephone, one of the greatest inventions of science, made its debut at the first official world’s fair (World Expo) in the United States, the Centennial Exposition. This is an instrument that has revolutionised communication and touched lives all over the globe.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1889
Eiffel Tower, undoubtedly, is one of the world’s most visited monuments. This iconic monument made its debut at the Exposition Universelle, 1889.
The Phonograph, Paris, 1878
Thomas Alva Edison’s phonograph was first unveiled to the public at the 1878 World Expo in Paris. The device was the first of its kind that could record and reproduce sound.
Space Needle, Seattle, 1962
Space Needle was built for the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, Seattle. The building reflects the craze of the time it was constructed – space and competitive science and technology. The Seattle World Expo will always be remembered for transforming the city in more than one ways.
The X-Ray Machine, New York, 1901
The revolutionary machine was first put on display in the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in the year 1901. The Expo became infamous for it was in this event that American President William McKinley was shot. Doctors at that time did not use the X-Ray machine to find the bullet in the President’s body. The President died later from his wounds.
The Atomium, Brussels, 1958
The Atomium is a 335-foot tall structure, designed in the shape the single cell of an iron crystal. It was built for the 1958 World Expo, held in Brussels. It was futuristic in its concept and marked the dawn of the Atomic Age.
The Ferris Wheel, Chicago, 1893
The Ferris Wheel is perhaps the most ubiquitous structure in amusement parks all across the globe. The Ferris wheel made its debut in the Chicago World Fair in 1893. It was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. To this day, the Ferris Wheel remains one of the most iconic world expo inventions.
The Biosphere, Montreal, 1967
Initially named, Fuller’s dome, after its architect, Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller, The Biosphere served as the pavilion for the United States of America. The Biosphere heralded a new trend in design and construction. It was partially destroyed in a fire in the year 1976.
Habitat 67, Montreal, 1967
It is impossible to talk about the Montreal World Expo of 1967 without a mention of Habitat 67. Designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, Habitat 67 comprised prefabricated modular units. It aimed to redefine urban living and provide affordable housing.
The Television Set, NewYork, 1939
The Television Set made its debut at the 1939 New York World Expo. Until then only experimental broadcasts were conducted. The first commercial broadcast was made by NBC to a select few sets in New York. US President Franklin D Roosevelt featured in that broadcast. To allay all reasonable doubts of trickery, the set was made transparent.
With such exhibitions as above, World Expos have come to be associated with a stage where ideas and thoughts have come to conspire to create a new future for humanity. These iconic world expo inventions and buildings have left an indelible mark in the psyche of mankind.
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