Urban China 2030: Heritage, Identity, and Sustainable Development Symposium

Monday, November 01, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 5:30 PM

China today has overtaken Japan as the second largesteconomy in the world. Urbanization in China is urgent, incessant, and ofgargantuan proportions. In the last two decades, cities and urban forms haveexperienced unprecedented transformation and development. A sense of speed,simultaneity, and complexity accompany the urban transformations. The processesof building and un-building have unleashed the creative power of architectureand city design in multiple ways: as an artistic endeavor exploring spectacularforms; as a global project expanding the boundaries of global flowsinvestments, technical expertise, and labor; as a productive enterprise testingthe limits of mass production and markets; as having the power to createsimultaneously, concrete jungles and ecologically sustainable cities; and as asymbolic force that constructs national narratives and local identities.

This two-day symposium will bring together experts,scholars, and critical thinkers of urbanism in China to explore urgent issuesfacing Chinese cities today, and to discuss the new challenges of developmentand urbanization they must confront in the coming two decades.

Participating speakers included:

  • Yong-Wei Chan, ARUP Design, Engineering, PlanningConsultants, Beijing Office
  • Young Ho Chang, Professor, Architecture, MassachusettsInstitute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • Jyoti Hosagrahar, Director, Sustainable UrbanismInternational, GSAPP, Columbia University, New York
  • Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez, Manager, World Bank, Beijing
  • Wu Jiang, Professor and Vice-President, TongjiUniversity, Shanghai
  • Lv Jingping, Vice-Dean, Chinese Academy of Fine Arts,Beijing
  • Jiang Jun, Editor in Chief, Urban China Magazine, andUnderline Office
  • Yansong Ma, MAD Architects, Beijing
  • Ron Van Oers, Program Specialist, UNESCO World HeritageCenter, Paris
  • Mark Wigley, Dean, GSAPP, Columbia University, New York
  • Geng Xiao, Director, Columbia Global Center – East Asia,Beijing

Click here for photographs from the event.