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Zaha among finalists vying for Astana Expo 2017 showstopper

London-based Zaha Hadid Architects is among 45 practices from around the world battling it out to design the flagship venue for Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan

An exhibition of the shortlisted designs for the scheme in the capital Astana has opened and been visited by Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Kokkugia and Serie Architects, both of which have offices in London, join Iraq-born designer Zaha Hadid’s practice on the shortlist.

Other practices in the running include Dutch firms Mecanoo International and UN Studio; Norweigan designers Snohetta; and US giants HOK.

Nazarbayev said: ‘The theme of our exhibition is closely related to the green economy, which takes into account the possibility of using alternative energy sources and autonomous water and heat provision in each of the constructions.’

He added that it was important the buildings could be used after the world fair.

More than hundred proposals were submitted by practices from 20 countries. All the shortlisted proposals can be seen here.

A winner will be announced in September.

Earlier this year AJ reported that Daniel Libeskind was to design a pavilion for property giant China Vanke at the Milan Expo in 2015.

The expo is held every two to three years and visited Crystal Palace in London in 1851.

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