This talk will look at the history and future of former danwei and discuss strategies for dealing with industrial heritage. Case studies show the problems that go hand in hand with transformation and present perspectives and potential with regard to usage and the urban regeneration of the contemporary city.
From croplands to landfills, urban systems co-evolve with food systems. Rapidly urbanizing regions must systematically contend with agricultural land loss, increased meat consumption, diet diversification, and shifting patterns of food access and storage. Prof. Karen Seto will join us for a discussion cohosted by Environmental Policy and Planning and the STL Lab on how urbanization science and urban planning can inform debates over food security and sustainability.
As the idea of creative city becoming a universal panacea for economic stagnancy and urban boosterism, the heavy dependency on creative fixes has widely spread to cities around the globe through urban networks and neoliberal urban policies. The formulaic repertoire of urban growth strategies, such as property-led redevelopment, commercialization and gentrification, has been retrofitted around the theme of creativity to overcome barriers of capital accumulation.
Based on his recent book with Cornell University Press, Strategic Coupling, Henry Wai-chung Yeung will examine economic development and state-firm relations in East Asia, focusing on the region's emerging role in the new global economy. Much of the earlier social science literature on the political economy of industrial transformation has emphasized the role of the developmental state in picking selected domestic firms as “national champions” and in promoting their rapid growth through sectoral industrial policy.
Lianjia (Homelink) is the largest real estate brokerage firm in China, with more than 8,000 branches and 130,000 employees nationwide, located in over 25 cities nationwide, including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and other major Chinese cities. Currently, Lianjia is building an online-to-offline (O2O) platform in China’s real estate industry to help real estate professionals become more efficient in their business, more technology savvy, and more professional when working with home buyers and sellers.
A Century of Campus Development with Urban Growing and Challenges for the Future
2/21/2017, Tuesday, 12:30-14:00
During the past 100 years, China's university campuses experienced a special way of evolving together with urban growth. They were deeply influenced by both American and Soviet universities, but due to China's special system of higher education, they developed a variety of morphologies during the so-called leapfrog development period. Now, they begin to face some challenges from city needs, such as tearing down campus walls. Dr. Liu will discuss the phases of morphological evolution and forces behind.
2/16/2017, Thursday, 14:30-16:00
Despite much attention on “ghost towns” in China, no official vacancy rates exist in the country. This talk uses data from the China Household Finance Survey, which collects expansive micro-level information about household wealth from a nationally representative sample of over 40,000 households. Professor Gan will discuss how to determine the latest vacancy rate for China, and suggest some causes for the phenomenon.
Founded in 1995, SOHO China is currently Asia’s largest commercial real estate IPO. As the largest prime office developer in Beijing and Shanghai, their properties have already become landmark buildings in these cities’ modern skylines. In 2014 SOHO China launched “SOHO 3Q” pioneering the concept of coworking in China.
In the past decades, while undergoing the unprecedented process of rapid urbanization, China has seen significant achievements and critical challenges as well in urban and rural development, among which the enlarging disparity between the urban and rural areas, along with the sustained expansion of the urban areas and the remarkable declining of the rural areas, is one of the facts which endangers the balanced urban-rural development for healthy urbanization. Undeniably, this is, to a considerable extent, due to the urban-rural dual system which dated from the planned economy period. Starting with the definition of urban and rural areas in Chinese context, this lecture firstly decodes the urban-rural dual system from the perspectives of jurisdiction, household management, and land management and analyzes the problems of spatial development it brought about at the macro level. It then takes the towns and villages in the metropolitan area of Beijing as example, to probe into the difficulties and trends of rural development at the micro level, and concludes with some thinking on the role of rural planning in rural regeneration.