Building and Urban Space in a City's Celebrative Event - A Study on the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai

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A World Exposition lasting six months will be held in Shanghai, China in 2010 with the theme, “Better City, Better Life.” Permanent and temporary pavilions will be built and will represent contributors from 240 international organizations and many countries. The Expo has been actively supported by the Chinese government which has accorded it comparable status to the Beijing Olympics.The Expo site will not only provide a venue for a world fair but an opportunity to regenerate a 528 hectare urban area of Shanghai and transform it into a desirable modern piece of urban design with distinguished buildings.This proposal centres on a study of how a world fair, or celebrative event, can contribute to the improvement of a city’s architecture, building technology and urban design, long after the original Expo has finished.The research is intended to address questions such as: How will World Expo 2010 impact the urban planning and design of Shanghai? What are the roles of urban space in the World Expo Shanghai? How will the urban spaces transform during and after the celebrative event? What are the contributions of new materials and technologies brought by the pavilions designed by architects from various countries? How can those permanent and temporary structures achieve sustainability? What lessons can we derive from the World Expo 2010 for the celebrative events in other cities?The research outcome will contribute to the interaction of three academic areas: history of international expositions, sustainable planning and pavilion design/technology. The research will not only develop strategies for urban transformation after an urban event but also provide a timely input to the on-going development of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.


Project number7002605
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/05/108/06/12