After a close competition, planning for the 2017 world expo in astana, kazakhstan is already underway. chicago-based studio adrian smith + gordon gill architecture has shared with us their intelligent winning design that will illustrate the theme of ‘future energy’, envisioning astana as ‘the first third industrial revolution city’. with a site covering 17 hectares, the campus will contain 118,620 m2 of cultural pavilions, a residential development of 686,000 m2, 72,000 m2 of service areas (shopping, socio-cultural program, educational and civic facilities, and parks), and parking to accommodate the thousands of anticipated visitors. the design will address the shifting attitudes in energy change, to a holistically integrated system of decentralized energy-creating structures, advanced storage devices, and a large scale smart grid for distribution

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