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)
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
Sara Ivey - November 21, 2013
Sara Ivey, a member of the China Seminar class, presented on Chinese Ecological Agriculture. After reading Smil's "China's Environmental Crisis," Sara shared insight into the future of Chinese agricultural practices and the potential impacts it may have on international food security. In addition, Sara shared news articles and published journal articles to spur discussion about past, present and future agricultural practices.
Nick Stoll - November 14, 2013
Nick Stoll, a member of the China Seminar class, presented on historical preservation efforts in China. Inspired by Campanella's "Concrete Dragon," Nick explored the dynamics at play in the construction of Chinese cities and what that might mean for current and future structures. In addition, Nick shared links to various news articles and published journal articles to spur discussion about current development trends.
Jeremy Dalton, Rebecca Hamilton, Szilvia Hosser-Cox, JP McNeil, Pam Phan and Anna Wendt - November 7, 2013
The 2013 China Summer interns presented on their experience working alongside urban planners in Beijing and Shenzhen. They document their day-to-day life, the projects they worked on and their experiences with Chinese culture. Furthermore, they were able to witness a pivotal moment in China's development - the sustained rapid urbanization of millions of people.
Chen Wei, October 31, 2013
Chen Wei with the Urban Planning and Design Institute in Shenzhen (UPDIS), discussed the challenges and opportunities that exist in redeveloping and regenerating Shenzhen. Chen discusses the merits and pitfalls of development strategies, and how to balance economic development goals with social concerns over affordable housing and green spaces.
Li Li, October 31, 2013
Li Li, with the Urban Planning and Design Institute in Shenzhen (UPDIS), presented on his work that revolves around creating sustainable development in Shenzhen. Because Shenzhen is growing so rapidly, sustainability is a primary focus for all future developments. Li goes over some of the land use techniques that he has used in his work and how Shenzhen will be the low-carbon city of the future.
Xinyang Li - October 24, 2013
Xinyang Li, with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design in Shanghai, presented on some of the work that he has done with the rebuilding efforts in Beichuan, China. Beichuan suffered from a terrible earthquake in 2008, and has undergone massive change over a short period of time. The town center was moved from its original location and planners worked to redesign the town to prevent any future destruction all while meeting sustainable development goals.
Bin He, October 24, 2013
Bin He, with the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design in Shenzhen, presented on the work he has done in the Dongguan region. Dongguan was in need of a green transformation due to the many negative environmental impacts from past developments. He and his team were able to intergrate new green spaces and eco-infrastructure to create a whole new urban environment.
Dr. Yiping Fang - October 17, 2013
Dr. Fang presented information about the current finance structure used in Chinese governments. She specifically focused on some of the effects of recent tax reform, and land development treands. Her presentation also focused on some of her most recent research in China, and the many changes that have taken place since her last visit to China over 10 years ago.