[photopress:expo_Shanghai_2010.jpg,full,alignright]Representatives from some 30 cities from China and and overseas will be invited to present their achievements in urban development at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
In keeping with the event’s city theme, a 100,000-square- meter ‘Urban Best Practice Area’ will be set aside for the displays.
This will consist of a central square with exhibits detailing the global challenges facing most cities, plus four rows of pavilions in which the representatives will be able to present the methods and techniques they have employed. The pavilions will also feature a multi-functional ‘simulated community’.
Zhou Hanmin, deputy director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination said the idea to have the Urban Best Practice Area was very much inspired by the expo’s main theme, ‘Better City, Better Life.’
Shanghai is preparing to present a master plan of its own city perspective, detailing historic and futuristic, domestic and international elements.
Most of the pavilions to be used to exhibit the cities’ achievements will be built from the former factory workshops, which stand on the expo site. The simulated community will comprise three areas — residential, office space and leisure facilities — and will cover several blocks.