A New Book Is Celebrating the Legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai

Lindsay Judge   |   15-03-2022


As Expo 20202 comes to an end this month, a new series of books will ensure its memories last forever.


Assouline presents Expo 2020, a volume of books that showcase the story of Expo and some of its landmark achievements. The collaboration with Assouline explores the global event through seven unique volumes, each dedicated to a different angle of its story including architecture, sustainability mobility and more. The books feature original images, texts, exclusive interviews and insights into the architecture, inspiration and historical significance on display at Expo 2020 Dubai. The seven books explore the following key areas:



Site, Themes, Architecture:

The first volume is a catalogue of Expo 2020 Dubai that explores the Expo site including the iconic architecture and spaces, the pavilions and programming. There is a focus on the three main themes of opportunity, mobility, sustainability. Each of the pavilions making up Expo 2020 Dubai is featured with a special emphasis on prominent architects. Essays written by a variety of contributors offer a detailed view of the ideas and meanings behind the themes and architecture at Expo 2020 Dubai. Public spaces are explored highlighting individual features from the gardens and flora to the calligraphy-inspired benches.


Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion

The second volume explores Terra, the iconic Sustainability Pavilion. Telling the story of our relationship with nature, our obsession with consumerism and how we can change our everyday choices to reduce our environmental impact.


Alif – The Mobility Pavilion

This pavilion seeks to challenge our current ideas about mobility by showing that the complex movements of people, goods, data, capital and ideas are both universal and timeless. Through the exploration of new horizons and the forging of new connections, supported by new technologies, mobility is the foundation of human progress. In this book, the award-winning architecture firm, Foster + Partners, share their vision for this forward-thinking structure.


Mission Possible-The Opportunity Pavilion

This volume looks at the Opportunity Pavilion which challenges individuals to be agents of change in order to build a better future for everyone. The exhibition journey is inspired by three individuals—Mariam, Abel and Mama Fatma—whose seemingly small actions have created a big impact in their communities in the areas of food, water and energy. This pavilion is of universal significance as a place for people to connect across age, language and culture, to celebrate our shared human experiences. The text delves into the complicated, yet rewarding collaboration process that brought together AGi Architects, the three mentors, and the pavilion creators.



Al Wasl Plaza

The fifth book looks at the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai; Al Wasl Plaza. This key landmark is an impressive architectural achievement designed for communal experiences, bringing together visitors from all over the world and acting as the beating heart of the Expo 2020 site.


The Vision Pavilion

This meaningful Pavilion embodies the story of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, providing insights into his childhood, his love for nature and the influences that shaped him. It brings to life the valuable lessons he learned and his embrace of the passions and values of Emirati culture that made him the visionary leader he is today.


The Definitive Edition

The seventh and final volume focuses on the enduring influence of Expo 2020 Dubai, not only as a magnificent fair but also within the context of the legendary history of Expo. This is the first Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region and every effort has been taken to achieve greatness. Star photography, artworks and special features abound in this title. The grand scale of this book matches the immensity and importance of Expo 2020 Dubai.