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Maurice Roche

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526117083

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526117083.001.0001

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Mega-events, urban space and social change: Expos, parks and cities

Mega-events, urban space and social change: Expos, parks and cities

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Mega-Events and Social Change

Maurice Roche

Manchester University Press

This chapter is concerned with association of mega-event projects with pro-ecological (‘green’) aspects of urban regeneration projects host cities and it illustrates this in relation to the urban impacts and legacies of historical and contemporary Expos. The chapter argues that there are strong, if often overlooked, parallels and indeed tangible inter-connections, between what we can refer to as ‘the urban park-building movement’ on the one hand and the ‘urban Expo movement’ on the other. The body of the chapter explores the history of Expos as urban park-building projects, and thus as both space-creating and ‘green’ projects. It covers both of the two main phases of modernisation and urbanisation, namely the primary phase from the mid-19thC to the late 20thC and the secondary phase from the late 20thC to the early 21stC. The discussion in the final section moves to the contemporary period and focuses on a set of case studies of Expos as urban policy projects, particularly in terms of their space-creating, park-building and ‘green’ aspects. The cases are those of Western (European) set of contemporary-era Expos, namely Seville 1992 and particularly Lisbon 1998 and Zaragoza 2008.

Keywords:   mega-event projects, Expos, urban regeneration, park-building movement, space-creating, ‘green’

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