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Scientists urge pavilions' reuse

LOCAL scientists are urging city officials and the World Expo bureau to make fuller use of the national pavilions, many of which can have a second life as museums and educational centers, experts told a scientific gathering on the promotion of Expo technology and urban development yesterday.

According to these experts, a number of Expo buildings can be used after the event. New technologies allow it. And the public, growing in awareness of environmental protection, expects it.

Chongming County and some neighboring provinces have already asked that some national pavilions be moved to their regions after the Expo ends.

Tang Shifang, vice director of the Expo bureau's technology office, said the Shanghai government has the right to decide the fate of pavilions that the city itself has designed and built at participating countries' request.

The city government can also talk to countries that own national pavilions on plans for the buildings' follow-up use.

"It is such a pity and waste to dismantle all the national pavilions, which have unique style and design with their national characteristics," said Ge Jianxiong, a professor from Fudan University. "Such pavilions are good opportunity for Chinese to know the world."

Also yesterday, a year's construction finished on the Urban Best Practices Area at the Expo in Puxi side of the Expo site, turning the city's former factory complex into a stage for cities around world to show their best solutions to urban problems.

The outfitting will be finished by the end of March.

All the pavilions at the area will open in mid-April for five test runs, said Sun Liansheng, director of the UBPA Department of the Expo bureau.

The new buildings will remain after the 184-day event concludes, with the area converted to an office, bar and entertainment district.


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