Expo Master Planning Guide

At the heart of a great Expo is the Master Plan, which is the most challenging part for Expo organisers. To help with the complexity of planning these mega-events, AIPH has created the Expo Master Planning Guide in collaboration with ARCADIS – a global design, engineering, and management consulting company.

The Master Plan is a development vision of an Expo project. Every AIPH-approved International Horticultural Expo is unique in its challenges and opportunities; the Expo Organisers must juggle these goals along with issues regarding scope, budget, communication and more.

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Expos approved and supported by AIPH since 1960


Expos approved across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia (2023 – 2027)


million people expected to attend in the next 5 years

This first-of-its-kind project was driven by AIPH International Relations Manager Elena Terekhova and supported by an intern from Beijing Forestry University, Ms Yunlin Li, who collected and analysed the Master Plans of past Expos spanning more than 60 years.

AIPH then worked with John Boon, Arcadis Director of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. He has over 25 years of experience as a landscape architect and was appointed chief designer of the World Horticultural Expo Floriade 2012 in Venlo, Netherlands.

With this year-long collaboration across cultures and disciplines, the AIPH Expo Master Planning Guide was launched to help Expo Organisers learn methodologies and best practices beneficial for the master planning of both the Expo site and its legacy. It contains Expo case studies, examples of Masterplans and their pros and cons, and consideration of broader urban integration; this work will interest every urbanist, landscape architect, city planner, developer or Expo Organiser.

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