international new landscape 03/04 2010 No.2

Central ldea - At the German pavilion in Shanghai, the Federal Republic of Germany is presenting itself as a multifaceted nation rich in ideas. As an innovative, forward-Iooking country that also places great value on the preservation of its roots and heritage. Diversity and balance, rather than 'sameness', are vital to tomorrow's cities. The interplay between the diversity and contrasts of German cities enables a very special quality of life and vitality to emerge. This is why we believe it is essential to preserve this diversity - without forgoing innovation and technology. The Federal Republic of Germany is intent on conveying this very personal German perspective - credibly and memorably. Germany's contribution to the EXPO 2010 "Beller City, Beller Life" theme is called: balancity - a city in balance between renewal and preservation, innovation and tradition, urbanity and nature, society and its individuals, work and recreation, and finally, between globalisation and national identity. This central idea can be directly experienced by visitors everywhere in the Germanpavilion. balancity - a marriage of the terms "balance" and "city" - is Germany's interpretation of the "Beller City. Beller Life" Expo theme. (...)