Shanghai: making urbanity through passages in the reappropiated expo site

Results of The Competition


A first prize and two second prizes awarded after the workshop which took plance in situ from 13 to 19 March 2015.


First prize : “Sun + gate – in between space”
Pierre-Marie Auffret, Vincent Hertenberger, Agathe Lavielle (FR/CN)

Second prize ex-aequo : “Little Happiness”
Véronique Hours – Fabien Mauduit – Benjamin Viale (FR/CA)

Second prize ex-aequo: “Better city life”
Julio de La Fuente, Natalia Gutiérrez, Zheng Jie, Dane Currey, Alvaro Guinea (E/CN)


The jury is impressed by the high quality of the presentations and projects:

“Transition – gates”
Adeline Ageneau, Cecile Brouard, Julie Gangneux, Alpha Kebe , Francois Guibert , Li Miao , Bing Li (FR/CN)

“Minecraft: rediscover, re-appreciate, recycle”
BudCud, Fundacja Salony, Sławomir Zbiok Czajkowski (POL)

 “Passages for coexistences”
Mathieu Delorme & Thibault Barbier (ateliergeorges), Chen-yu Zhou, Mathias Rollot, Adèle Sorge (FR/CN)

“New perspectives on the city: Creating passage(s) on the Green Valley”
Atelier Rohan (Philippe Rohan) & 9B+ (Ameline Coulombier, Grégoire Chailleux)

Shanghai greenways
LINT landscape architecture & The Cloud Collective (NL)


The jury: Prof. WU Jiang, Vice-president of the Tongji university; Prof. ZHENG Shilin, professor, Tongji University; XU Yisong, deputy-director of the urban planning office in Shanghai; Liu En Fang, architect, president of the Shanghai Institute of Architectural Design & Research (CN); Stanley Lung, architect and landscaper (CN); Prof. Marcel Smets, architect, Scientific Director of the  programme IVM Passages; Didier Rebois, architect, expert of the programme IVM Passages

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Which Issues on The Expo 2010 Site?



While China’s cities swarm with a multitude of gigantic urban projects and imposing infrastructures, IVM China is focusing on small public mobility spaces that provide human-scale routes around the city.The expo 2010 area, in the South of Shanghai centre, along the both sides of the Huangpu river, was designed to answer to an international event:  Expo 2010. The main part of the south side included big facilities (such as the main axis South North, the Chinese Pavilion, the Expo Centre, the Congress center, the Cultural center and the waterfront). Today, the area is in regeneration and the site of the Passage competition, on the East side, will be converted into a new central and business district.


How to avoid that the site become a an urban enclave? The issue is to improve accessibility and porosity, propose alternative routes within the site and in relation to the surrounding neighborhoods (Expo Axis and services in the West, the Huangpu River and Bailuanjing park in the East, Southern housing and northern banks of the river). How to create a real living urban district, managing connections from metropolitan mobility to soft mobility with a diversity of uses?

Size of the site: 20 ha

Expo 2010 Competition & Workshop


Call for projects of ideas to facilitate the porosity of a business district under construction.The goal is not to transform the masterplan in its main lines, but to propose new itineraries within the site and its environment. The prize winning projets will be finalized during a workshop with the stakeholders, in preparation of an executive phasis.


East part of the Universal Exhibition “Better city, better life”, now converted into a business center.


English and Chinese


Open, public and international, the competition is directed at  young professional and interdisciplinary teams (composed of architects, urban-planners, landscapers, experts, researchers, artists..) working in the architectural and urban domain under 40 years of age and with a degree, or working.


FAQ and sending of entries of the projects (6 pages, A3 file) are made online on the Chinese website of the competition.

The competition is a procedure in 2 steps:

Phase 1: 1 November – 31 December 2014: reception of candidacies – 15 January 2015: announcement of the 8 teams that will take part to the workshop

Phase 2:  13 – 19 March 2015: worshop in Shanghai with the 8 selected teams, concluding with a prize awards ceremony and a public presentation/debate about the projects

20 April 2015: the 8 teams send the final version of their work

End April 2015: exhibition and public event with the prize-winning teams


The projects are evaluated by an international jury composed of 4 international members and 3 Chinese members.


The 8 selected teams receive a prize of 7000 Euros (including the workshop’s expenses), plus an extra premium for the prize-winning teams awarded at the end of the worskshop.


WU Jiang, Vice-president of the Tongji university; ZHENG Shilin, professor, Tongji University ;XU Yisong, deputy-director of the urban planning office in Shanghai ; YU Kongjian, architect and landscaper (CN);Kristian Koreman, architect and landscaper, ZUS (NL) ;Marcel Smets, architect, Scientific Director of the  programme IVM Passages ; Didier Rebois, architect, expert of the programme IVM Passages

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Shanghai Organization and Partner

Coordination : Pan Haixio, Tongji University

Organized by Tongji University, Expo Shanghai Group, IVM China, and supported by Eastern China Architecture Design Group, Shanghai Urban Planning Institute, and other…