It seems no one remembers that Binjiang area (meaning riverfront) of the World Exposition site, a place near Tianzifang, was once the plant site of Jiangnan Shipyard that bore the dream of the whole Chinese nation. Jiangnan Shipyard drove the emergence of national industry and new-style schools and development of railway and highway system in its surrounding areas, leading to the increasingly prosperity of port operations and dense population. Before the construction of the World Exposition site, about 8,000 people worked here. But that prosperous Jiangnan Shipyard has been moved to Changxing Island to leave room for the World Expo, thus bringing the appearance of a modern and open Binjiang area.
Among all the 60 plus architectures in the Expo site, four were reconstructed from the old buildings of Jiangnan Shipyard. The elegant two-storied building of the former Commander Department of the Navy has, in its south, a classical triangle-shaped porch with columns imitating the Greek Doric style and a concave arched window frame. The machine loading workshop with mottled gray walls, which once had columns inside that were decorated with five red stars on their top and tier upon tier of Japanese creeper on its external wall, has been transformed into the Pavilion of Urban Civilization of the World Expo, thus maintaining its features as a historical industrial architecture and, by decorating the old steel roof truss with new finishing materials, creating a new space with tradition coexisting with modernity.