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The Pavilhão de Portugal.
Words by John Ovans. Photograph by Matthias Heiderich.

Since the first world’s fair in 1851, held in the groundbreaking Crystal Palace in London, the exposition universelle has been a driver of experimental architecture and engineering. Often, these monuments—such as the Eiffel Tower (which was intended to be temporary), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and the Space Needle in Seattle—live on long after the fair has been forgotten, having given the architects the rare freedom to express themselves without many of the usual functional requirements associated with


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