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A Brief History of International Expositions

As Shanghai aims to bring people together through spectacle, Edwin Heathcote examines the concept behind the festival and questions its relevancy.

Heathcote argues that although the Shanghai Expo will not result in the astonishment of Chicago in 1893, it has become the "perfect cipher for the contemporary city." "The fake has become authentic because spectacle has become reality," he writes.

Full Story: Edwin Heathcote on When Spectacle Became Reality

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