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2012-2013 China Seminar Series

Housing in Shenzhen: Insider & Outsider Perspectives - Iren Taran, Qi Liu

Event Date and Location

Thursday, March 14, 12:00-1:30pm - Urban Center Room 220


This week we get cross-cultural with a discussion on housing in Shenzhen crafted by Master of Urban & Regional Planning student and 2012 Summer Intern Iren Taran and CAUPD Visiting Scholar Qi Liu. Iren interned last summer with the Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shenzhen and Qi works at CAUPD's Shenzhen Branch.

The privatization of housing and creation of a real estate market has imposed profound changes on the Chinese urban landscape. Contemporary commodity apartment buildings are in the process of replacing low-rise concrete buildings constructed in the early 1980s. There is a wide variety of housing options available in Shenzhen. Iren will give an overview of different housing types she encountered during her internship, from “urban villages” to high-end mixed use developments. Qi will present details about low income and affordable housing in the city and what policies and regulations are driving those types of developments.

Word of the Day

Each week our visiting scholars and Chinese speaking staff will present one planning-related word in English and Chinese for attendees. This week we learned three words. (Note: Numbers below refer to the four tones of the Chinese spoken language.)

Chinese: 住房
Pinyin: zhù fáng
Meaning: Housing
Additional notes: In ancient Chinese, 房 means a shelter with people staying in it. This part looks like a shelter or roof, and the following part like a person. 住 means the function is for living, rather than stores or offices.


Iren Taran's Presentation

Qi Liu's Presentation