Location: Dubai
Date: 2015
Client: Dubai World Trade Centre
Status: Schematic Design
Size: 120 Ha
Credits: ACME Team (Ana Arrebola Martinez, Xavier Bas, Duarte Lobo Antunes, Friedrich Ludewig, Ying Teh, Katrina Varian)

Consultants: BSB Gulf, Buro Happold, Wolf Mangelsdorf, Vogt Tricon Spaceagency, Transsolar, Sweett Group, Hyder ConsultingWET Design
World Expositions have been taking place since 1851 to showcase the achievements of nations. While some Expos have left a tangible legacy, including the Paris Eiffel Tower (1889), the Atomium Brussels (1958) and Habitat Montreal (1967), most Expos have been loss-making vanity projects for their host cities. Over the years, many countries have become disillusioned with Expos and in recent events, only 50–80 countries have made the effort to be represented.
Dubai won the bid to host the World Expo 2020, and has set out to ensure that there is a true sustainable legacy for the expo structures, and that every nation of the world will be represented. Our master plan for the Expo 2020 seeks to achieve this by creating a compact, walkable expo experience, while ensuring that the structures have a useful legacy purpose. Three compact souks are envisaged containing national pavilions for smaller countries, surrounded by a ring of self-build pavilions by larger countries.
The Mobility, Sustainability and Innovation Souks are structured around individual architectural forms defining streets, courtyards and structures. An urban infrastructure of self-driving cars provides a shuttle service for the expo, and a sustainable legacy infrastructure when the souks get converted into a university campus and start-up office clusters after 2020.