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2011: Anniversaries of Our Past Make Our Future

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by Jennifer Shockley last modified Sep 09, 2011

2011 is a year of anniversaries, some good, some bad, and not just for our country but also for the world and especially in the architectural/design fields.




 

 

2011 is a year of anniversaries, some good, some bad, and not just for our country but also for the world and especially in the architectural/design fields.

Nationally, we are remembering the attacks of 9-11 on the World Trade Center Towers, The Pentagon and Flight 93, with the opening of the memorial museum and engraved fountains where the towers stood in New York this coming Sunday.

Crystal Palace

Internationally this year marked the 160th anniversary of the world’s first fair which was held in London in 1851 called the Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. Thirty-two countries participated and 6,039,000 people attended. It showcased Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace that was a novel building of its time made of cast iron and glass. It covered 18.8 acres, enclosing exhibits, trees, statues and walkways within its walls.

After the exposition ended in October 1851, the building was moved to a new park but destroyed 75 years ago, in 1936, by fire.

Many other world fairs have taken place, some of the more notable: Paris in 1889 producing the Eiffel Tower, Chicago in 1893 with The White City and Ferris Wheel, New York in 1939-1940 displaying The Trylon and Perisphere on recovered swamp land, Montreal in 1967 which commemorated Canada’s Centennial and hosting of their first world fair, and Seville, Spain in 1992 which celebrated the 500th year anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the Americas.

Trylon and Perisphere

“As times change, world expositions have changed to fit those times. They continue to reflect both the commercial needs of their times while presenting the ideals, hopes, and aspirations of people even as those evolve.”



 

 

 
 
 

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