The above picture is “The Seed Cathedral” which is Britain’s submission to the Shanghai World Expo 2010. It has “over 60,000 7.5m-long transparent acrylic rods shooting out of the building.” The rods, which are full of seeds, are kinetic as they sway in the wind.

Shanghai World Expo 2010

“It will be constructed by British company ZEDfactory Ltd, and unlike many other pavilions, it will remain as a permanent building in Shanghai. Incorporating the energy-saving and emission-reducing technologies invented by the University of Nottingham, this pavilion will be a model for future residential buildings.”

“The theme of Expo 2010 is “Better City, Better Life,” representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments. This theme represents a central concern of the international community for future policy making, urban strategies and sustainable development.”

“The development of education has one central task: improving the quality of our people and cultivating them into upstanding citizens. Premier Wen Jiabao said, ‘Everyone hopes that our country can soon achieve modernization and come to be respected everywhere in the world. But for what? For a developed economy, advanced science and technology, total democracy, a sound legal system, noble moral standards, and great quality of our people. Among those, the quality of our people is most fundamental.’ (Wen Jiabao, September 9, 2007)”