the World Fair on transport and the communication (or more simply Expo 86 ) was held with Vancouver in Colombia-British (Canada) of the May 2nd to the October 13rd 1986. The exposure coincided with the celebration of the centenary of the town of Vancouver and the arrival on the west coast of Canada of the first Train travellers (from where the choice of transport like topic). The slogan of the exposure was World in Motion - World in Touch (in French: a world moving - a world in contact ) and its logo consisted of three circles and an oblique bar, of color Bleu sky, forming the figures 8 and 6 which interpenetrate.
It was the second time that a World Fair took place in Canada after that of 1967 with Montreal. More than 22 million people visited the exposure.
The exposure made a broad place with transport in all kinds. The principal site was crossed right through by a spectacular work of art (entitled Highway 86 or, in French, Autoroute 86 ) which consisted of a concrete ribbon 217 m length and as broad as a Autoroute, on which were laid out all kinds of real vehicles (of the child's scooter to the plane) which all were completely covered with a thick uniform layer of gray painting.
During August, a conference on the vehicles running on the natural gas was taken place in margin of the exposure.
Before the exposureIt is in 1978 qu ' appears the idea to carry out a World Fair to Vancouver to celebrate the centenary of the city. Sam Bawlf, at the time provincial minister of the Leisures and the English Conservation (: Minister off Re-creation and Conservation ) proposes to be based on a concept carried out by the architect Randle Iredale. An official request is then deposited in June 1979 with BIE (International office of the exposures) in Paris for an exhibition which is then entitled Transpo 86 . This request presents several possible sites and several plans. The request is approved by the BIE in November 1980. In October 1981, Patrick Reid, general English ambassador and police chief (: Ambassador and To commission General ), decides to change the name into Expo 86. This name change is encouraged by the fact that the exposure will not be commercial; it is not thus any more one exhibition but well a World Fair.
OrganizationIt is Expo 86 Corporation , an non-profit making organization created for the occasion, which is in charge with the organization and the management of the exposure.
Principal persons in charge of Expo 86 Corporation :
- Jim Pattison: chair,
- Ron Woodall: artistic director,
- Bruno Freschi: architect as a chief,
- Bob Smith: person in charge of the production and the design.
Sites of the exposure
False CreekThe principal site of the exposure had been arranged along the northern shore and is of False Creek, an arm of the sea which penetrates in the middle of Vancouver. Previously this site was occupied by a railway zone of Canadian Pacific Railways and an industrial discharge.
On this site of 67 hectares, was more than 80 houses accounting for 9 provinces or territories of Canada, 41 foreign countries (or supra-official entities), 3 States of the west of the the United States, as well as organizations (in particular of the large companies). The largest house on this site was that of the Colombia-British.
BurrardThe most important house of the exposure, that of Canada, was installed on another site of 3 hectares, namely a pier advancing in water of the Baie Burrard, on the northern coast of the downtown area of Vancouver. This house, entirely white and whose form evokes gigantic and majestic steamer with veils, was not destroyed after the exposure.
After the exposure the site of the site took officially the name of Canada Place .
Elements of the exposure having been preserved
the house of Canada is currently used like centers congress, it became one of the principal symbols of the town of Vancouver.
- subway-air, called (SkyTrain), which had been built for the occasion, is always in service.
- the building of reception and presentation of the exposure (entitled Expo Centers ), recognizable to its shape of large golf ball, accommodates from now on a center of diffusion of the scientific culture (under the name of Science World ) which shelters in particular a cinema Omnimax.
- Country (or world regional organizations) having a house:
Provinces or territories of Canada having a house:
States of the United States of America:
Exposures in the open air:
Other houses and exposures:
Undertaken or ONG having a house:
- At the time of the purchase of their ticket of entry, the visitors of the exposure saw themselves giving a booklet resembling a passport on which they could make affix a blow of plug specific to each house, with the manner of a visa of tourism.
- the exposure was flown over at low altitude by Concorde of British Airways on several occasions.
- Article of the site '' ExpoMuseum '' on Expo 86
- the site '' Greater Vancouver Parks '' celebrates the memory of Expo 86
- Article of the Canadian Encyclopedia on Expo 86
- the official site of '' Science World ''
- the official site of '' Canada Place ''
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