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China Seminar

About the China Seminar

The China Seminar is an opportunity to engage with the planning, development, and public policy issues facing China as it undergoes the fastest urbanization process in world history. Each academic year, the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program hosts presentations, panels, film viewings, and book readings. Key to the seminar series is the involvement of our visiting scholars from China, who add their unique experiences and research to the program. Most seminars are open to the public and all PSU students are encouraged to attend.


Current 2014-2015 Series

Date Title (click for details) Presenter/Leader
5/28/2015 Hutong to High Rise - an Introduction to China's Rapid Urbanization Gary Reddick
5/21/2015 Planners in China----A Brief Introduction of Urban Planning & Planners
Meng Suo

A New Era of Wealth & Power: Lessons from Modern Chinese History 

Lauren Patton
5/07/2015 China’s Role in Infrastructure Development through Foreign Direct Investment in Africa and SE Asia Mohd Meidiansyah

The New Singapore:  Are planning & taxation policies helping to make housing more affordable?

Tom Gihring,Common Ground-OR&WA

Zhejiang University Planning and Design Institute APA workshop

Urban planning in Transitional China

Sustainable transportation in China

Historic Village design

Zhejiang University Group

The Lion and the Mouse: What Can Chinese Mega-Cities and Portland Learn from One Another?

Alex Steinberger, Fregonese Associates


Roles and limitations of public participation in lake protection in Wuhan, China Zhong Han, visiting scholar (Hubei University)


Pedestrian and bike access to high capacity transit in major Chinese cities: Beijing and Shanghai Travis Driessen


"The Lesson Learned from Sichuan (China) and Aceh (Indonesia): Post-Disaster Management" Mohd Meidiansyah


"Cultural ecological conservation areas: a new exploration of intangible cultural heritage integrated conservation and development in China" Meng Suo, visiting scholar (CAUPD Beijing)


"How to make China's housing market affordable, stable and sustainable: seeking a balance between housing affordability and economic growth" Yang Wu


"Introducing the XinKu effect: a new motivator for pro-environmental behavior?" Dr. Marie K. Harder (Fudan University)


2014 MURP summer intern presentations and panel:

Presentation 1: "Living and working in China"

Presentation 2: "Planning and sustainability: interns in action"

Presentation 3: "Travel and cultural experiences in China"

Presentation 1: Christine Corrales & Michael Cynkar

Presentation 2: Sara Ivey & Matt Lee

Presentation 3: Lorrie Chang & Nicholas Stoll 


"Is there a better strategy? Reconstruction of the Ancient Silk Road city core, Kashgar, Xinjiang" Yiping Fang


Presentation 1: Introduction to Tongji University Department of Transportation Engineering

Presentation 2: Public participation in China's urban planning - survey results

Presentation 3: Shanghai 2040: trends and objectives of transportation sustainable development 

Presentation 1: Jian Sun

Presentation 2: Jianhong Ye

Presentation 3: Xiaohong Chen


Comparative analysis of Hukou in China and immigration reform in the United States  Michael Cynkar (MURP program)


Pearl River Delta regional planning and development David Fiske


"'Ghost cities' in China: The uprooting of 250 million people to newly urbanized areas" Hannah Silver


"Past and present life of the historic district: Protection and renewal in Harbin, China" Meng Suo, visiting scholar (CAUPD Beijing)


Summer intern presentation (Christine Corrales, CAUPD Beijing)

Summer intern presentation (Sara Ivey, UPDIS Shenzhen)

Christine Corrales & Sara Ivey (MURP program)


Summer intern presentation (Michael Cynkar, UPDIS Shenzhen) Michael Cynkar (MURP program)


Summer intern presentation (Matt Lee, CAUPD Beijing)

Summer intern presentation (Nick Stoll, CAUPD Beijing)

Matt Lee & Nick Stoll (MURP program)


"What do Chinese dumplings have to do with global warming?" Yiping Fang


Land use and urban planning in Oregon Connie Ozawa