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An unidentified man flies a kite amid the newly redeveloped waterfront of Tianjin, one of five megacities under direct control of China’s central government. Nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies have branch offices in Tianjin’s Binhai New Area, on the Bohai Sea, site of perhaps China’s most ambitious eco-city project. (Photo by M. Burnham)


A River Ran Through It: Case study of Yuhuan, disappearing Chinese island, & aspiring eco-city

Michael Burnham - November 1, 2011
In the summer of 2011, while working at CAUPD's Beijing headquarters, I helped develop a master plan for Yuhuan County, Zhejiang Province's easternmost municipality, about 300 kilometers south of Shanghai. My team and I spent nine days in Yuhuan, toured the Singapore-sized county, and met with local government officials. This paper, whose intended audience is urban planners and other sustainable development practitioners working in China, uses Yuhuan to explore the broader planning and policy challenges and opportunities China faces as it urbanizes. More specifically, this paper proposes how and why Yuhuan — and, presumably, other Chinese cities — should integrate sustainable development best practices from some of the world's best-planned “eco-cities.”


Presentations & Lectures

Delicate Balance

Xinyang Li - May 29, 2014

Xinyang Li with CAUPD Shanghai also provided thoughts and reflections on his experience here in the US. Planning in both the US and China come with its political challenges, and requires a delicate balance between the powers that be and the needs of the people. Xinyang reflects on how planners can walk the line between those two demands. 

Experiences and Reflections

Bin He - May 22, 2014

Bin He, one of our visiting scholars from CAUPD Shenzhen, offered his reflections on his time here in Portland and the US. He was able to visit many other cities outside of Portland, including Seattle, Arizona and California, and shares his thoughts on those cities as well. Bin also shared his thoughts on how his experience in the US has changed his thoughts and perceptions of the role of the planner. 

The South-North Water Transfer

Dr. Britt Crow-Miller - May 15, 2014

Dr. Crow-Miller shared information on the disseration she completed while at UCLA. Her dissertation followed the completion of the South-North water transfer, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world, and the impacts it had on the communities surrounding the project. While many communities were displaced, many others heralded the project's goal of bringing water to the arid northern part of China. 

The Role of Grassroots NGOs in China

Dr. Zhiying Li - May 8, 2014

Dr. Li, one of our visiting scholars from Yunnan University, presented on the public services and amenities in Kunming. Within her presentation, she dicussed the spatial distribution of these amenities and the impacts it has had on population distribution and natural resources. 

The Role of Grassroots NGOs in China

Robert Liberty - May 1, 2014

Robert Liberty shared information about his past work with 1000 Friends of Oregon, and the role that it might play in China. Mr. Liberty has been doing work in China in relation to NGOs, with more details to come as his work is completed. 

China's New Urbanization Plan

Dr. Yiping Fang - April 24, 2014

Dr. Yiping Fang lead a seminar discussion about China's recent urbanization policies, and the potential impacts that they may have. The discussion centered around the real estate boom, and the possibility of a bust. Though the plans have yet to be fully implemented, the potential impacts could be far-reaching. 

Creating Place: shaping space, commerce and identity a world away

PLACE studio - April 17, 2014

Charles Brucker, Jennifer Huang and Mauricio Villarreal from PLACE studio, an interdisciplinary firm located here in Portland, presented on their work in China. PLACE has worked across the globe to create a sense of place, including China. While not yet available for public consumption, they presented on the progress they have made on their work in China.  

Housing Differences between Urban and Rural Migrants

Dr. Yiping Fang - April 10, 2014

Dr. Yiping Fang presented on some of her recent research on the housing differences between urban and rural migrants in China. Within this presentation, she shared the conceptual framework for her research, and examines the forces that are serving to spur migration. Her research asks the question, are urban migrants better off than their rural counterparts? 

Urbanization in China

Xinyang Li - February 20, 2014

Xinyang Li, with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) in Shanghai, shared information on the urbanization boom in China. Xinyang presented on the history of urbanization and the programs that helped to start the largest urbanization effort that the planet has ever seen. Through the lens of national, provincial and local governments, Xinyang looks at how urbanization has shaped the Yangtze River delta in a variety of ways. 

The Ideal and Reality... 

Bin He - February 6, 2014

Bin He, with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) in Shenzhen, presented on four coastal cities and their varying development patterns. Bin examines the reasons why each city took a different development course, and how that impact carried over to present day conditions. Bin also offers context surrounding the role of planners in China and how they interact with local and national politicians. 

Observations of Public Participation and Community 

Pam Phan - January 23, 2014

Pam Phan spent the summer with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) in Shenzhen. During her time there as an intern, she was able to learn about public participation processes in Shenzhen and how that related to the quality of life study that CAUPD Shenzehn was undergoing. Pam also explores the notion of community and how the areas in and around Shenzhen are forming communities in light of recent urbanization trends. 

A Long Way from Portland... 

Jeremy Dalton - January 23, 2014

Jeremy Dalton worked with the Urban Planning and Design Institute in Shenzhen (UPDIS) during the summer of 2013. In his presentation, he explores the work he did in the Pearl River Delta area, including Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Jeremy also managed to visit a tulou (a communal residence that's typically circular in shape) in Futian, and gives his perspective on life in urban China. 

Beijing Summer

Rebecca Hamilton - January 16, 2014

Rebecca Hamilton spent the summer with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) in Beijing, working with the countryside planning department. Rebecca shares thoughts on her work in that department, including a trip to Tianjin to discover the Chinese mass transit and railway system. She also offers a glimpse into the physical changes that Beijing is undergoing, and what life was like for an American intern in Beijing. 

Reflections on China

JP McNeil - January 16, 2014

JP McNeil shares reflections on his work with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) in Shenzhen. JP's work revolved around quality of life study that CAUPD was implementing, which was namely focused on the urban villages in Shenzhen. JP also shares insight into his experience cycling through Shenzhen and how that related to the concept of personal space in a dense, urban area. 

Urban Planning and Design Internship

Szilvia Hosser-Cox - January 9, 2014

Szilvia Hosser-Cox offers insight into her time in China this past summer. Szilvia was with the Urban Planning and Design Institute in Shenzhen for the summer, and worked on numerous projects such as the design of a railway station in Nanning and underground developments near Wenzhou. She also shared details about her personal travels throughout China and shared reflections on China's green space development. 

Reflections on my work with CAUPD

Anna Wendt - January 9, 2014

Anna Wendt spent the summer working with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) in Beijing. Anna's work was acutally focused on the city of Dalian, a port town in northeastern China. Dalian is one of the fastest growing Chinese cities, and CAUPD is working to develop a 25sq/km site just outside of Dalian's urban core. Anna worked on eco-infrastructure projects and underground/skyway system development projects. She also offers reflections on the politics of sharing "lessons learned" across national and cultural borders. 


China-US Center for Sustainable Development

Energy Foundation

College of Urban and Public Affairs

Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning