Event May/15
Lanchun Bian: Great Beijing and Small Courtyard: Changes in Beijing’s Space and Its Historical Protection

With the rapid urbanization process in China, the spatial structure of Beijing has changed enormously, combined with its massive increase of population and the sharp growth of urban development speed and size. As a great historical city and capital of China, Beijing has both problems and opportunities underlying the transformation of its national development mode. The changes in Beijing’s spatial and social demographic structure force the city to face the challenges of optimizing functions of a capital city, promoting the protection of historical areas, and more.  This presentation will explore Beijing’s changes from two levels: the spatial structure and capital city role from regional level and the conservation and residential development in the traditional Hutong-Courtyard neighborhoods in the historical urban area from the micro level.

Lanchun Bian has long been engaged in teaching and research work on urban planning and design. His main research direction is urban heritage protection and preservation. He also participated in Beijing urban space development strategic planning, urban master plan revision, historical and cultural district protection, and relative planning work. He is one of  the executive directors of China City Planning, member of the Urban Design Committee of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China, deputy director of Beijing Urban Planning Academic Counsil, and member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Preservation of Urban Historical Areas.