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
Shihui Liu - November 28, 2012
CAUPD Senior Urban Planner Shihui Liu gave the presentation above to PSU's "Regional Planning & Metropolitan Growth Management" course taught by Professor Ethan Seltzer. The talk focuses on China's national, regional, and local planning structures -- how they operate and coordinate their efforts and where they draw their authority. The case study of Dongguan in China's Pearl River Delta, for which Shihui was the lead planner, illustrates many of these concepts including an analysis of its success over the six years following the plan's publication.
Shihui Liu, Qi Liu - April 11, 2013
CAUPD Senior Urban Planners Shihui Liu and Qi Liu gave a presentation and led a discussion with PSU faculty and graduate students on the basics of the Chinese planning system. The presentation included examples from projects both planners have been involved with. The presentation serves as an excellent and fast-paced primer for Western planners seeking to understand the systems in place around planning and land use regulation in the People's Republic of China today.
Shihui Liu - Winter Quarter, 2013
During his time in Portland as a PSU Visiting Scholar, CAUPD Senior Urban Planner Shihui Liu enrolled in a film course and developed a short documentary about Portland's Open Space Sequence. Shihui's role as a planner involved in the rapid development of Chinese cities today, gives the film a unique perspective on a familiar park series in downtown Portland. Shihui's description: "The Portland Open Space Sequence is a work of the famous landscape architect, Lawrence Halprin. It includes several fountains and parks near downtown Portland. This documentary film attempts to discover stories behind these fountains and parks. This is my first film and was a project for a documentary class at the NW Film Center."