artist rendition of the Italian pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010

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    The pavilion, called The City of Man, is composed of 20 functional modules that can be assembled freely, Giampaolo Imbrighi, its designer, said at a press conference today.

    The design was inspired by a traditional Shanghai game, Imbrighi said. In the game, children drop a batch of 20 to 30 sticks on a table and try to move one stick at a time without moving the others until all the sticks are cleared.

    Imbrighi said the shape of the pavilion is as changeable as the game, which is called“Shanghai”in Italy.

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