Shanghai's Huangpu Riverbank Redevelopment Beyond World Expo 2010
Event-led regeneration has become part of a deliberate urban policy strategy to position the host cities on the world agenda. Mega events such as the world expo need different facilities and services for an efficient operation of the expo during those three or six months. Most cities stressed exploring city marketing and reimaging effect of these mega events, like the construction of iconic flagship projects or large scale facilities and infrastructures; however, limited attention has been paid towards the post legacy of the mega-event on host cities’ development, like the post-use of the event site, maintenance of event facilities and transferring from event function to urban function. Even less examined is the long-term effect of even-led regeneration on the host cities. Shanghai’s Huangpu Riverbank Redevelopment Project used World Expo 2010 as a catalyst to regenerate large industrial sites along Huangpu Riverbank. The questions raised in this paper are: 1) What strategies have been explored to transform the expo sites from temporary event sites to urban districts? 2) to what extent has the expo event facilitated the redevelopment of Huangpu Riverbank? 3) what strategies should be explored to improve current development?