World’s fairs are a powerful force in urban development and planning, with a scale that makes possible significant civic improvements or planning disasters. Ex-po2010 in Shanghai offers a typical case of urban regeneration through a mega-event that revitalizes brownfield sites and serves the long term interests of the city residents. In undertaking this process, however, Expo2010 also functioned outside public scrutiny, preferring expediency over citizen input. This article develops a framework to analyze the legacy of mega events using the example of Shanghai Expo2010.
Keywords: Shanghai; Expo2010; World’s Fairs; Urban Planning