Expo 2010 Site in Shanghai, China (2nd Prize IVM Passages)

Date: 2015
Status: 2nd Prize IVM Passages Shanghai International Competition & Workshop
Category: Masterplan, Conversion, Landscape
Tags: IVM Passages Shanghai Competition, Expo 2010 Site Shanghai, Masterplan China

Client: Shanghai City, IVM China, Expo Shanghai Group, Tongji University, Eastern China Architecture Design Group, Shanghai Urban Planning Institute and private stakeholders
Location: Expo 2010 Site, “A” zone (Shangnan Road, Huangpu River, Bailuanjing Park, Xueye Road), Shanghai. China
Competition: 2nd Prize IVM Passages Shanghai International Competition in two stages. The first stage was an open and international competition, the second stage was a one-week in situ workshop with stakeholders in Shanghai (March 2015)
Program: Masterplan (action-plan), landscape and public space, residential, offices, hotel, retail, facilities, culture, sport & leisure
Strategic Area: 70 Ha
Site Area: 20 Ha
Built Area: 95.000,00 m2
Budget: 220.000.000,00€
Architecture: Gutiérrez-delaFuente Arquitectos
Landscape: Currey’d (Dane Currey, Shanghai)
Collaborators: Zheng Jie (Landscape Architect, Shanghai), Álvaro Guinea (Architect, Consultant, Shanghai)


Re-appropriating the Expo Site: the area of the Expo in the South of Shanghai Centre along the both sides of the Huangpu River was designed to answer to a specific international event, the Expo 2010. Today, the area is being transformed mostly in a CBD, composed of blocks with towers and with a mono-functional oriented program. The challenge of the proposal, called “Better City Life”, is to open up this urban enclave, relinking it with the city, creating a real living urban district and managing connections from metropolitan mobility to soft mobility with a high degree of diversity.
An action-plan: the project deals with the friction between the ambitious master plans and the acupuncture urban strategies, to improve the everyday life of the site. Based on an open and future oriented action-plan, the proposal addresses the next five years of development, involving constantly the planning authorities and all interested agents (on hardware and software processes). The project process approaches the notion of porosity to the institutions to allow the cross-management and the co-production of the public sphere. The plan must be reviewed periodically in order to be adapted and readdressed to the “social time” and all kinds of contingencies.
Five overlapped scenarios: the methodological approach is based on creating five different scenarios to negotiate with the complexity of the context, and to decode the invisible logics of the site.
The main goal is to open up the Expo site through these five overlapped scenarios throughout time:
01. Four transversal identities link the Huangpu River with the southern residential areas, anchoring the plan with the context.
02. Three urban filters open up the site in the East-West axis, relaunching the public space as the backbone of the process.
03. A new centrality transforms a critical point in the city’s attractor, a new urban hub at the intersection of Shibo Avenue and Shangnan Road.
04. A network of “Mass Maker Spaces” is built around the perimeter of the site, to create diversity and build on the mono-functionality of the CBD. The temporary buildings subvert the recent history of the site in an exercise of contemporary archaeology.
05. A social layer composed of human-scale shared spaces is spread out over the site following criterion of walking distances.