City and Water Exhibit
Visitors to the 2012 Universal Forum of Cultures in the Spanish
city of Barcelona will see some of the world’s latest developments
in urban innovation at a dazzling exhibition of best practices and
ideas from countries around the world...::[view
photos of the exhibition]::....
The Best Practices City and Water Exhibit, officially opened on
9 May, features over 50 ideas representing examples of proven solutions
to common social, economic and environmental problems of an urbanising
world. The objective of the Best Practices City is to display the
innovations in a way that is stimulating and easy to understand.
Each display at the Best Practices city is portrayed by a photograph,
a graphic or an object, requiring a minimal amount of explanatory
text. The practices are grouped in three broad categories -
solutions that each and everyone of use can initiate within our
respective communities, those that require partnerships with other
stakeholders, and those that point to what is possible when there
is an enabling policy framework. The Best Practices team and the
UFC worked together for several months to identify the best ideas
with a potential for a compelling visual display. They also developed
a short three-minute audio-visual presentation known as the Oracle.
The Water Exhibit is entitled, “Water Talks - Are You
Listening?” It is designed to raise awareness in 15 key areas
related to fresh water usage. It shows where the water we use every
day comes from, how we use it, and what happens to it. The graphic
display portrays this in the form of 15 large transparent columns.
One side of each column presents some facts and figures, while another
side is inscribed with a proverb that serves to remind us how different
cultures have perceived and respected fresh water. The exhibition
was conceived and designed jointly by the Best Practices team of
UN-HABITAT, the International Secretariat for Water, the UFC and
The Universal Forum of Cultures, a five-month urban extravaganza
of festivities, music, and art on Barcelona’s newly refurbished
waterfront, will culminate in September with the world’s first
international hip-hop concert and UN-HABITAT’s World Urban
Forum. More than five million people, including figures such as
the Dalai Lama, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, national
and local government representatives and some of the world’s
most popular music and film stars, are expected to visit the Spanish
Mediterranean port city for during the festival 9 May to 24 September.
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