The abandoned site of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 is always a very exciting place to visit. You can read my first report here and my second report here. Several weeks ago, I spent another great moment in another part of the Shanghai World Expo, on the opposite side of the Huangpu river. Even if some of the pavilions like the Pavilion of China, have been re-used, and even if the pedestrian pathway has been opened to the public (unfortunately in a giant mall but it’s still better than nothing…), large parts of the former Expo site were still disused.
However, there was more potential for a second life of buildings with the great example of the free World Expo park, which had a lot of visitors.
An interesting re-use of space : the World Expo Park
I felt that this public space created in this part of the World Expo site was quite a success, and should be a source of inspiration to imagine more projects for the other disused areas. The combination of ecological concerns and of re-use of the former buildings worked well. It just seemed that the Expo stage was not often used for performances, and thus remained with a forbidden access, which was a bit of a pity as the architecture of the industrial building was quite beautiful, especially from upstairs.
Even if this park gave some perspectives for the creation of public spaces, I also have to raise an issue. It was quite disappointing to realize that some very useful equipments of the 2010 World Expo did not remain active, such as the pedestrian section of the big bridge and the ferry boat station, which were all cancelled, leaving citizens without the possibility to cross the Huangpu River (other river crossing facilities being 3 km away).
More disused pavilions
But next to the World Expo Park, the area of the pavilions of Romania, Russia, Lituania, and Croatia was also left in decay.
The pavilion of Lituania was already being demolished…
Strange leisure facilities around… also abandoned!
In the end, around that area, there were also many leisure activities such as this place for « war simulation games », but nobody seemed to use it any longer, so this plane was standing alone in the sunset…