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Expo 2012 Design Selected
January 9, 2008   
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38 percent of managerial positions in Poland are occupied by women. However, women make up only 2 percent of the nation's highest-earning managers, according to the State Labor Inspectorate (PIP).

The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) and the Association of Polish Architects (SARP) have selected the design for Poland's national pavilion at the Expo 2012 World Exhibition in Shanghai, China.

The winning design is by a team of architects made up of Wojciech Kakowski, Marcin Mostafa and Natalia Paszkowska. The design combines the ideas of Polish folk cutouts and the Chinese love of paper art forms.

Apart from the honor of designing the Polish pavilion for this major international event, the winning team walked away with zl.80,000 in prize money.

The competition attracted a lot of interest among young Polish architects. Twenty projects were submitted to the first stage of the competition, with 12 qualified for the second stage. K. Ingarden, J. Ewy Architekci won a second prize of zl.55,000, and a third prize of zl.45,000 went to Valode Et Pistre Architekci.

Entries were judged for their innovativeness and functionality as well as their integrity and compatibility with the spatial requirements of the exhibition's organizers. The judges also considered the cost of the project.

"We've tried to analyze the functional qualities of the designs, primarily their esthetic values and color," said Anna Kamińska, vice-president of the PAIiIZ.

SARP President Jerzy Grochulski said, "The 12 projects that qualified for the finals were of a very high standard. All of them met our expectations in terms of showcasing the country and its achievements to an international audience."

Jolanta Wolska
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