Behold The Architecture Of The Future!

Shanghai opened its 2010 World Expo to the public for a test run today, and everyone got a better look at the amazing futuristic architecture, much of it made with sustainable materials. Take a virtual tour below.

We love the fact that there's a new World Expo, since these sorts of events usually celebrate an optimistic view of the future — something we're sorely in need of right now. With Iron Man 2's plot apparently revolving around a fictional Stark Expo from the 1970s and Tony Stark's attempt to recreate it in the modern era, it's time for a new Expo building spree. And Shanghai, semi-officially the most futuristic city now that Dubai has fallen on hard times, is the perfect place to host it.

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Some pretty way-out building designs were being floated a while back for this expo, and some of the craziest are conspicuously not showing up among the photos we've looked through so far. In particular, Macau was supposed to have a building shaped like an enormous rabbit, and Denmark's pavilion looked totally insane. Fast Company had a great roundup of some of the trippier designs that were planned for the Expo a while back, but here's the ones that actually got photographed so far. Photos by AP and Getty Images.

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The Information And Communication Pavilion. Photo by AP

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The Information And Communication Pavilion. Photo by AP

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Inside the Information And Communication Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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Hong Kong's pavilion, made of recycled steel, covered with nylon. Photo via Expo site.

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The Space Pavilion, Photo via Expo site.

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The Chinese Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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Birds Nest National Stadium. Photo by AP.

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Part of the entrance. Photo by AP.

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A boat passes nearby. Photo by AP.

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Mirrors form a sphere in the China Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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Worker puts finishing touches on the Australia Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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The Energy Source, a 1.2 ton sphere with 400,000 L.E.D. lights that reacts to sound, at the Germany pavilion. Photo by AP.

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The U.K. Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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The German Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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The Bamboo Dome of the India Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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Workers work on the Spain Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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Spain Pavilion. Photo by AP.

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China Pavilion. Photo by Getty Images.

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China Pavilion. Photo by Getty Images.

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French Pavilion by Xinhua.

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DISCUSSION

Wow, you mean if I go to Shanghai, I can see the Bird's Nest National Stadium (#7, 8) in Beijing?

How does that work, exactly?