An international exhibition EXPO is a symbol of industrialization and an open platform to demonstrate the technical and technological achievements. On November 22, 2012 Astana was chosen by the International Exhibitions Bureau (BIE) as the venue to host EXPO-2017. The idea of the project «Energy of the Future» is to draw the public attention to the solutions and methods for providing sustainable energy management.

The winner of the International Architectural Contest for Expo-2017 was announced as the Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architecture Company. Their portfolio contains projects using renewable energy technologies and «green» buildings («Masdar City» building near Abu Dhabi, «Burj Khalifa» in Dubai).Construction work is scheduled to begin in the 2014. The developer of the EXPO-2017 construction site will be JSC «NC «Astana EXPO-2017». The heart of the project will be in the form of a Yurt, as the concept of the traditional architecture, and around it - pavilion buildings with such constructions that allow using alternative energy sources and autonomous supply of heat and water.