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PSU delegation returns from visit to Kunming and Shanghai

 

Our delegation from PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning just returned from a weeklong trip to China. During this short trip, they visited Kunming city government, Shanghai Society of Transportation, and Tongji Architecture Design and Research Institute to share best practices in urban planning and design.

The delegation included Prof. Connie Ozawa, Prof. Jennifer Dill, Prof. Yiping Fang, post-doctorate fellow Jianhong Ye, Practitioner-in-Residence Gil Kelley and Dean Marriott, the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services for the City of Portland. This trip was supported by the China Sustainable Energy Program's Sustainable Cities program. We are grateful for the support from CSEP and the Energy Foundation, in particular fromDongquan He, Program Director, and Meng Fei, Program Officer, with the Sustainable Cities program. 

The Kunming workshop was a follow-up to a December 2011 visit to Portland by a Kunming delegation led by CSEP Sustainable Cities Program Director Dr. Dongquan He. At this April 2012 daylong workshop, about 100 people attended, representing Kunming city's political and urban planning leadership.  

 

The objective was to further mutual understanding of shared concerns regarding urban form and development for sustainability. Participants included planners and researchers from the

 

Our delegation from PSU's Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning just returned from a weeklong trip to China. During this short trip, they visited Kunming city government, Shanghai Society of Transportation, and Tongji Architecture Design and Research Institute to share best practices in urban planning and design.

The delegation included Prof. Connie Ozawa, Prof. Jennifer Dill, Prof. Yiping Fang, post-doctorate fellow Jianhong Ye, Practitioner-in-Residence Gil Kelley and Dean Marriott, the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services for the City of Portland. This trip was supported by the China Sustainable Energy Program's Sustainable Cities program. We are grateful for the support from CSEP and the Energy Foundation, in particular from Dongquan He, Program Director, and Meng Fei, Program Officer, with the Sustainable Cities program. 

The Kunming workshop was a follow-up to a December 2011 visit to Portland by a Kunming delegation led by CSEP Sustainable Cities Program Director Dr. Dongquan He. At this April 2012 daylong workshop, about 100 people attended, representing Kunming city's political and urban planning leadership.  

 

The objective was to further mutual understanding of shared concerns regarding urban form and development for sustainability. Participants included planners and researchers from the Kunming Urban Planning and Design Institute, the Planning Bureau, Housing Bureau, Dianchi Lake Investment Co., Urban Transportation Research Institute, Yunnan University, and Kunming University of Science and Technology.

Kunming city planners shared some of the current urban planning challenges facing this growing city of 3 million, which is seeking to adopt more innovative and sustainable planning practicies. The PSU delegation shared history and policies behind Oregon's unique land use management and regional planning policies. The trip laid the foundation for future collaboration between Kunming city planning institutions and Portland State University.

In Shanghai, the delegation also met with scholars from Tongji University, including Dr. Zhu Dajian, Professor of Economics and Management, the Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Management, and the Director of Governance for Sustainable Development. Dr. Zhu also serves as a policy advisor for the Shanghai municipal government on urban planning and sustainable development, which suggests several avenues for future collaboration with Portland State University to share research and best practices in sustainable urban development. 

Kunming city planners shared some of the current urban planning challenges facing this growing city of 3 million, which is seeking to adopt more innovative and sustainable planning practicies. The PSU delegation shared history and policies behind Oregon's unique land use management and regional planning policies. The trip laid the foundation for future collaboration between Kunming city planning institutions and Portland State University.

 

In Shanghai, the delegation also met with scholars from Tongji University, including Dr. Zhu Dajian, Professor of Economics and Management, the Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Management, and the Director of Governance for Sustainable Development. Dr. Zhu also serves as a policy advisor for the Shanghai municipal government on urban planning and sustainable development, which suggests several avenues for future collaboration with Portland State University to share research and best practices in sustainable urban development. 

Some photos from the trip:

 

Public parks in China also often serve as public gyms where residents can carry out regular exercise in the open air.

 

Gil Kelley speaks to the Kunming city planners about Portland metro's regional land use planning and growth management policies. 

Prof. Yiping Fang discusses issues of public housing and relocation.