Events this Weekend: 4.29-5.2

From the 2010 Expo Shanghai to the 2011 Solar Decathalon, this weekend is packed with openings featuring spirited pavilions and sun-powered plans.

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Beginning May 1, countries from around the world are strutting their stuff at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China. Bjarke Ingels's ambitious idea to bring the Little Mermaid statue to the fair, which runs through October 31, 2010, is located in the conch-shape Danish pavilion and just one of the design moments that share with the world the spirits  of the countries in attendance.

If you're in Asia and are so abled, you'll also want to catch the Kuala Lumpur Design Week, taking place May 1-16. Among the events are typography, illustration, and magazine exhibitions.

Back on more familiar grounds, an exhibition featuring the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon 2011 finalists opens at the National Building Museum. Though the solar-powered structures won't be constructed on the National Mall in Washington, DC, until next fall (the competition takes place every other year), the plans and concepts will be on view May 1 through July 25.

On display by Future Cities Lab founding design partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson is XEROMAX. The human-harvesting-like cables a la The Matrix  are part of a prototype wall for desert living that clibrates, tunes, records, and responds to e
On display by Future Cities Lab founding design partners Nataly Gattegno and Jason Kelly Johnson is XEROMAX. The human-harvesting-like cables a la The Matrix are part of a prototype wall for desert living that clibrates, tunes, records, and responds to energy cycles and interactions over time. Photo courtesy Diana Pau.

At the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, Envelopes, which opened March 5, is on display for its final weekend, closing May 5. The exhibit investigates the design and sustainability possibilities of building skins with concepts and prototypes from architects and designers from around the world. If you can't make it to the show, view our slideshow of images from the exhibition.

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