Summer Internship MURP students have opportunities to go to China during summer months interning in big Planning and Design firms.

Welcome to join in our 2018-2019 China/International Seminar!


Nov 15, 2018. In the coming week's seminar,  Dr. Gebhardt will provide a brief background on the English planning and development system and the study abroad. Then he and Melissa Meagher, a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) student who attended last year’s study abroad program, will present details of their travels and share their observations and reflections on what US planners, developers, and students might learn from visiting and studying England specifically and through study abroad more generally.

Nov 15, 2018.  Zhong Chen, our visiting scholar, will talk about his experiences working on three kinds of transportation hubs: airport (combined with high-speed railway), railway station, and urban subway station. 

Nov 8, 2018. Our five interns to China in summer 2018 - Seth Healy, Joseph Meyers, Bryan Nguyen,  Hector Rodriguez-Ruiz, and Victor Tran - will speak about their experiences living in China in the past summer as planners. Location: Urban Center second floor Parsons Gallery.

Nov 1, 2018. The three visiting scholars from CAUPD will complete their visiting scholarship at the end of this term. Before they leave, they want to share with us their reflections on what they have learned about planning in the US and offer their comparisons on how certain planning practices are different between the US and China.

Weiwei Wang will introduce two water restoration planning cases, one in Shenzhen, China and the other in Portland. She will then compare the differences between the two types of planning represented by the two cases from various perspectives, and explore the deeper reasons behind the differences. 

Yue Zheng conducted a detailed study of the "New Colombia" Community during his visit. He will share what he learned from this public housing project and present how the public rental housing works in Chongqing, where he lives in China, in terms of equity, affordability, and accessibility. 


Oct 25, 2018.  Professor Steve Johnson has 50 years of experience of working as a community organizer. In this presentation, he provides a framework for understanding the role of citizens in a democracy through an analysis of the intersection among the three sectors in society--nonprofit, for profit, and the public; and understanding the change in a community through narrative analysis. He will provide case studies, including his lifelong work to save the watershed, Johnson Creek, in Portland, in particular, where his family settled 140 years ago.

Oct 18, 2018.  Affordable housing provision systems in China and the U.S. have evolved through their distinct paths. Do they share anything in common? In this seminar, Dr. Vince Wang will cover the course of China’s housing reform in the past four decades through the lens of his own living experience, and make connections to housing challenges and solutions in the U.S.

Oct 11, 2018.  Due to the concern over "urban diseases" in relating to environmental pollution and urban sprawling, in 2014, the New Urbanization policy called for large cities to control their populations. As a result, Shanghai recently published its “Shanghai 2040” strategic plan, which capped the city’s population at 25 million by 2040. Beijing was also determined to rein-in its population growth and capped its size to 23 million by 2020. It seems that establishing a cap is the only way to manage urban diseases from deteriorating. Have cities in other political economies ever tried to control population growth?  In this coming China/International seminar, we invited Nicholas Chun, who is the Population Forecast Program Coordinator at PSU's Population Research Center, to talk about how population forecast is conducted in Oregon. 

Oct 4, 2018. Lloyd Meyer will talk about his experiences with his students as well as his observations of city life in China today.  He will conclude by comparing his understanding of land use planning in China with his own experience in working to save his "family farm" from urban development here in Oregon.



May 31, 2018. A first-year Master of Urban and Regional Planning candidate at Portland State University, Adrienne Chaillé will share stories about her path to working and living in Lima, Perú.  Reflecting on what she has learned from working with community development projects in different Latin American contexts, she will facilitate a discussion on how we can apply our international experiences to planning in the U.S.  

May 24, 2018. If you have come across the recent BBC news on The problem of China's huge bike graveyards, you might wonder what has happened with China's bike sharing industry. You might want to know a little more about China's planning regulation in relating to pedestrian and bicycles. Please come joining us in the upcoming China seminar led by Zhong Chen.

May 17, 2018. In the coming week's seminar, we are pleased to have Federico Pérez, the Assistant Professor at the Honor's college to present his ethnographic research on urban planners and designers in the development processes of downtown Bogota. 

May 10, 2018. In this upcoming China seminar, Yue Zheng is going to present the findings from an assessment of the impact of the rural area development regulations in Chongqing China

2018 Interns are selected!

They are Seth Healy, Joseph Meyers, Bryan Nguyen, Hector Rodriguez Ruiz, and Victor Tran.

May 3rd, 2018. Jing-jin-ji Metropolitan Region, also known as Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, refers to the capital region of China. It is the biggest urbanized region in Northern China covering Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and the coast of the Bohai Sea. Significant environmental challenges are curbing the future development of this area, including air pollution, shortage of water resources, among others. Weiwei Wang will discuss the significant ecological issues in this Region and potential solutions at the regional planning level.

Apr 26, 2018. In the upcoming seminar, we are honored to have Professor Edward Sullivan to join us talking about the Oregon planning law.  By introducing the historical planning laws developed in the earlier years of last century in the United States, Professor Sullivan will highlight the peculiarity of the planning law in the state Oregon, its planning institutions setup, planning goals, and ongoing debates.

Apr 19, 2018. In this upcoming China seminar, we will have a panel discussion exploring the differences between the urban planning processes in China and the United States.

Apr 12, 2018. The Ultimate size of cities - Urban growth redlines in China. In this upcoming seminar, Dr. Yiping Fang will present her updated research findings on recent urban growth control policies in mega cities in China. It was the same talk she gave a week ago at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in Toronto, Canada. 

Mar 8, 2018. Weiwei Wang, visiting scholar from CAUPD gives a talk about "Sponge City" Practices in China.

Mar 1st, 2018. Maryam Amiri gives a talk about "The interaction of environmental crisis and political unrest in Iran."

Feb 22, 2018. Hang Liu, Confucius Institute at PSU, give a talk about "Two World Heritage Sites in China."

Feb 15, 2018. Interns who went to China in summer 2017, Taylor Campi, Brandon Crawford, Ayano Healy, Santiago Mendez, Sam Roberts, Steve Rosen and Qingyang Xie will speak about their experiences of living in China.

Feb 8th, 2018. Yue Zheng, Urban Planner at CAUPD, gives a talk about "China's New Area Strategy."

Feb 1st, 2018. Zhong Chen, Transportation Planner at CAUPD, gives a talk about "Urban Transportation Planning, Design, and Practice in China."

Jan 25, 2018. Welcome three visiting scholars from China: Weiwei Wang, Yue Zheng, and Zhong Chen. 3:00pm-5:00pm, Urban Center 220.

Jan 25, 2018.12:00pm-13:30pm, Urban Center 220. Come and join us for a discussion led by Biyao Zhang on China's high-speed rail development. How did it happen? Are there any challenges? Related article: China has built the world’s largest bullet-train network.

Nov 2, 2017. Taylor Campi will talk about a project she was involved while interning at China Academy of Urban Design and Planning in Beijing. Come and hear how community engagement is implemented in China!  

Oct 26, 2017. First China Intern presentation: Brandon Crawford, "Sponge City Development in China." 12:00 -1:30 pm, see you at Urban Center 220.

Oct 19, 2017. Professor Bo Qin,  Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Management at the Renmin University of China, gives a talk about "Urban Spatial restructuring of large cities in China".

Oct 12, 2017. Dr. Yiping Fang conducted a research on UGB delineation in four Chinese cities! She presented her preliminary findings in the China seminar!

Dr. Yiping Fang was elected as the board member of IACP (International Association for China Planning). She will serve 2017-2019. 

We are waiting for three visiting scholars from China Academy of Urban Planning and Design to join us later in the Fall!


Meet our 2017 Interns! Taylor Campi, Brandon Crawford, Ayano Healy,Tony Lamb, Santiago Mendez, Samuel Roberts and Steve Rosen will be our 2016 interns going to China this summer! Congratuations! They will be going to Beijing CADG, and Shenzhen UPDIS! More of this story here


In March 11, 2017, ACSP Administrators Conference in Reston, VA, the PSU China Innovations in Urbanization Director,  Professor Connie Ozawa gave a presentation titled "Internationalizing the MURP Curriculum at PSU: The China Influence".  See what she presented here.

In January 2015, the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program hosted a delegation of 22 professionals from the Ministry of Land and Resources from China and organized a three-day workshop on the topic of Portland's urban growth boundary. More of this story here.

About the Program

The PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program is designed to promote dialogue, exchange ideas, and build relationships among researchers and practitioners engaged in improving the livability of urban spaces and the building of tomorrow's cities while protecting our natural resources. Through partnerships with the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD), Urban Planning and Design Institute Shenzhen (UPDIS) , China Architecture and Design Group (CADG), Urban Planning and Design Institute Wuhan (WPDI), the International Sustainable Development Foundation (ISDF), the Beijing Institute of City Planning (BICP), and the Energy Foundation, we work together to identify innovations that will move us all toward a more sustainable future.

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