Expo Cities, Urban Change: BIE publishes 2018 edition of Bulletin

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has published the 2018 edition of its annual Bulletin, this year entitled “Expo Cities – Urban Change”.

The BIE Bulletin is an annual publication focusing on a specific theme or issue arising from Expos, featuring articles written by internationally renowned experts. The 2018 edition includes contributions from academics specialised in mega-events and key figures involved in Expo legacy planning and management, illustrating the role of Expos as catalysts for change in their host cities.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales indicated: “This edition of the Bulletin is an informative and analytical study on the multi-layered and lasting transformations an Expo makes on its host city. As powerful catalysts of urban transformation, Expos have created new neighbourhoods and public spaces, spurred local development and initiated new forms of urban dynamism.”

Highlighting the role of Expos as transformative mega-events, the Bulletin firstly looks at how Expos fit into broader planning strategies and how they have contributed to urbanism since the very first Expo in 1851. The articles also pay tribute to how Expos support the reinvention, differentiation and the future development of their host cities and beyond, with a notable focus on the creation of essential public spaces and parks. Then, with reference to specific Expos ranging from World Expo 1958 Brussels to Specialised Expo 2017 Astana, a series of articles highlights stories of urban development and transformation.

Contributors to the Bulletin include:

  • Javier Monclús, Architect and Professor of Urbanism at University of Zaragoza
  • Mark Wilson, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University
  • Lea Petrović Krajnik, Architect and Assistant Professor at the University of Zagreb
  • Maurice Roche, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Sheffield
  • Henri Simons, Director of the Atomium + ADAM (Brussels Design Museum)
  • Andrew Smith, Reader in Tourism and Events at the University of Westminster & Judith Mair, Associate Professor at the University of Queensland
  • Joan Busquets, Architect, Urban Planner and Professor at Harvard University
  • Yawei Chen, Assistant Professor in Urban Development Management at Delft University of Technology
  • Askhat Saduov, Deputy Head of the Astana Center of Urbanism.

Click here to view the digital edition of the 2018 Bulletin.