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In accordance with the 2010 Shanghai World EXPO theme of “Better City, Better Life”, the Vancouver Pavilion demonstrated to more than 700,000 visitors the full transformative potential of embracing sustainable urbanization as a strategy for city building.  

The Vancouver Pavilion is a 900 square meters, three-storey mixed hybrid structure that combines light wood frame, and heavy glulam post and beam designs. The concept of the pavilion is centred on the idea of empowering communities to champion green building technology. The pavilion’s modern wood-frame design and use of materials sourced from B.C.’s sustainably managed forest, shows the viability of using Canadian wood products in constructing impressive public buildings and standard housing projects in China.  

The first floor of the pavilion contained exhibits from the City of Vancouver and tells the story of the city’s transformation into one of the world’s most liveable cities by highlighting its development from 1986, when Vancouver hosted the World EXPO, to 2010 when the city hosted the Winter Olympics. The second and third floors sponsored by the Forestry Innovation Investment, showcased the versatility of Canadian wood products, and educated visitors on the benefits of wood frame construction. The exhibition also featured a wide variety of wood species such as Western Red Cedar, Hemlock, Maple and Spruce, Pine and Fir. The Vancouver Pavilion in Shanghai, provides an excellent opportunity to promote the energy efficient, seismically stability, low-carbon and cost competitive qualities of wood frame construction.  

During the six-month period of the exposition, the Vancouver Pavilion drew accolades from Chinese and international visitors. Hailed as the most successful B.C.-funded overseas exhibit, the 2010 Vancouver Pavilion was a collaborative effort between three levels of government: the Federal Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver.