2016.04.20 - 12:30 PM

Speaker: HSING You-Tien 邢幼田
Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

Professor Hsing’s research and teaching has been focused on the political economy of development in East Asia, especially China.  She is interested in the question of power and space.  Her first book, Making Captialism in China: The Taiwan Connection, focuses on the role of culture in inter-regional capital flows.  Her second book, The Great Urban Transformation: Politics of Land and Property in China, examines the issue of territorality.  Professor Hsing looks at how the transformation of the state and the society shapes and is shaped by land battles in Chinese cities and villages.  Her co-edited book, Reclaiming Chinese Society, looks at China’s emerging social activism in the struggles over distribution, recognition, and representation.  Her current project concerns the cultural and environmental politics in Northwestern China.  For her research, she draws inspiration from ethnographic work: in-depth interviews and participatory observation with a reflexive perspective.  Professor Hsing believes that theorizing starts from muddy realities.  It is a process of open dialogues and self-reflections, of which the historical and the geographical, the institutional and the emotional are all indispensable parts.

2016.04.13 - 12:30 PM

Speaker: ZHAO Yanjing 赵燕菁
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and Department of Economics, Xiamen University

Dr. Zhao Yanjing graduated from Chongqing University and obtained his doctorate from the Planning and Geography School at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. Zhao has extensive experience in urban planning and management issues in Chinese cities as he has both served as a chief planner for China Academy of Urban Planning and Design as well as the planning bureau director of one of China’s most livable and attractive cities, Xiamen.

2016.04.12 - 5:00 PM
STL Hub, 9-427

The fifth training session of the STL-MISTI China Summer Initiative took place on April 12, 2016. The topic of this training session was primarily presentation and feedback on the draft syllabi two teams proposed for the summer.

2016.04.05 - 5:00 PM
STL Hub, 9-427

2016.03.30 - 12:30 PM

Currently, China is seeking new driving forces for better development. Urban renewal has a pressing mission to not only support better quality of rapid ongoing urbanization, but also to transform the existing values of urban development. This lecture will introduce policy changes as well as some cases of urban renewal in the city of Guangzhou to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing development strategies in China. Consideration of the challenges includes various decision-making process, profit reconfigurationand the contested paradigm of what constitutes ideal development. Alternatively, the growing demands for high quality urbanization and changes in social behaviors indicate some opportunities for China’s urban renewal.  

2016.03.10 - 2:30 PM
7-338 Stella Room

As part of the DUSP, CRE, and STL Lab Faculty Seed Fund RFP, an info session will be held on Thursday, March 10 from 2:30-4:00 pm. The purpose of this session is to introduce prospective MIT researchers to the specificity of our Faculty Seed Fund and targeted research areas.  We would also like to take this opportunity to facilitate potential new collaborations on related research topics across the institution, particularly collaborations across disciplines.

2016.03.09 - 5:00 PM

PPT from the STL Lab


PPT from the MIT Game Lab



2016.03.09 - 12:30 PM
Speaker: WU Weiping 吴维平
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University

Weiping Wu is a professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Policy Development from Rutgers University, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Tsinghua University (China). She is a former editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, and a visiting Zijiang Chair Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai. At Tufts, she also is a senior fellow in the Council for Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School, and the coordinator of the undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies program. Previously, she was a professor of urban studies and planning and international studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, a consultant to the World Bank, and a fellow in the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. She also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Urban Affairs, Open Urban Studies Journal, Journal of Urban and Regional Planning (Chinese), and World Regional Studies (Chinese).