Study on the Location of EXPO 98

The 1998 World Expo, the EXPO’98 in Lisbon, was guided by two major goals strongly articulated: the achievement of the World Expo and the urban regeneration of a large area of 340 hectares, located in the eastern part of the city, by the time occupied by obsolete industrial units.

The exposition boosted the urban, environmental and functional regeneration of the area, allowing the development of a new urban area of reference and the creation of a new waterfront headed to leisure.

The study aimed at choosing the implementation area for the Exposition within the zone established for the purpose (located between the Tejo River and the railway line of the Norte, bounded upstream by the river Trancão and downstream by the Avenue Marechal Gomes da Costa). For the choice of the most suitable area, the following premises were considered: the easy access to the river, the timely availability of the necessary areas for the implementation of the Exposition, the existence of good accessibility by railway, road and river, and the environmental constraints.

Considering these principles, the study involved a comprehensive analysis: the administrative jurisdiction and the types of occupation, the nature of the soil, environmental conditions, transport and sanitation infrastructure.

Project data

Intervention Area

Municipality of Lisboa


Promotion Committee of Lisboa’s International Exposition of 1998




Urban Study