With less than 500 hundred days before opening, the 2010 World Expo site in Shanghai doesn’t feel like any other ordinary construction site in China; although a trained and experienced ‘construction tourist’ might sense a familiar pre-Beijing’08 Olympic odor filling the surrounding area. Exploring both expo areas along the banks of the HaungPu River, we ran into fences and walls, strolled over deserted plots of lands, climbed a small wall and faced the Chinese exhibition hall, still under construction.
A similar situation can be found at both sides of the banks, covering around 5km² a large empty plot of land waiting to be filled with temporarily, fast-build, always shining constructions of which few survive the expo spectacle. Today it is too early to build them. In this future pavilion-plankton few long-lasting elements will stick out. Except for at one side the Nanshi Power Plant, at the other the China exhibition hall at the 2010 World Expo, a building three times taller than any of the other Expo pavilions. Accidentally our visit coincided with a weird state of architectural completion of the exhibition hall, as news of the day was that the steel skeleton was just completed. A couple of snapshots.
Pictures by movingcities.org