World Expo 2020 Dubai

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October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022


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Good Place by Expo Live

Good Place by Expo Live at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The Good Place Pavilion by Expo Live - Front view
Architect(s) : Ahmad Abdulrahman Bukhash

Good Place by Expo Live at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The Good Place pavilion by Expo Live - Interior view
Architect(s) : Ahmad Abdulrahman Bukhash

Good Place by Expo Live at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

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The Good Place pavilion by Expo Live - Side view at night
Architect(s) : Ahmad Abdulrahman Bukhash

The Good Place pavilion draws inspiration from the past to motivate people today to build a better future.

Oceans have been crossed to find the world's future changemakers - those who are trying to make a real difference by finding plausible sustainable solutions. These solutions - and the creators behind them - can now be found at The Good Place by Expo Live.

The first programme of its kind at a World Expo, Expo Live's Innovation Impact Grants programme helps innovators bring their ideas to life by supporting 140 beneficiaries from 76 countries, demonstrating that innovation can come from anywhere, for anyone.

An ecosystem that connects beneficiaries with multinational and governmental organisations, Expo Live supports social entrepreneurs, ambitious women and pioneers from around the world. Beneficiaries are now making their mark at Expo 2020, as an essential component of The Good Place matrix.

Yousuf Caires, Senior Vice President of Expo Live, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: "Their presence in the pavilion gives all visitors a sense that they too can be part of it. We hope that our visitors can identify in themselves the boldness, creativity and ambition that has enabled these Fellows to be here today, while inspiring them to be part of the future we all want to see.

The 'Find Your Spark' programme is how the Good Place by Expo Live pavilion is presented to all.

"We want the experience here to be personal, to give visitors a boost so that they themselves are motivated to help improve people's lives and preserve the planet. We start the conversation by saying, "Let's talk about the things you care about, the challenges you see, and the things you can't bear to live with."

Learning from the past to safeguard the future is essential, explained Ahmed Bukhash, chief architect and founder of Archidentity, who is behind the pavilion's Bedouin tent-inspired form, refined and refined by Japanese architecture, with a smooth series of white origami folds creating a rippling effect.

Ahmed Bukhash said, "The Bedouin tent was traditionally used with energy conservation automatically infused into it. He vows to re-educate humanity on how to be more resourceful.

"Nowadays we make extreme use of air conditioning systems, and we should really think about the past and how previous generations lived without it. A traditional tent provides the right temperature - between 28C and 32C - for humans to survive in a desert climate. It shows that we don't need to produce as much energy as we do now."

The answer, according to Bukhash, is to be innovative without resorting to technology: "We can conserve energy by merging technology to work with nature, rather than focusing on excessive use of resources that deplete our planet and accelerate climate change."

As the pavilion is designed from the inside out, when visitors queue outside they are in the shade under the archway, which replicates the traditional function of the Bedouin tent. The exhibition itself extends from the inner facade outwards, which means that the journey begins even before you enter.

Caires believes that if there is one thing visitors will take away from their journey through the Good Place by Expo Live pavilion, it is this: 'We all have ingenuity and we all have a strong purpose to fulfil in this life'.