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.
Dr. Yuan Xiao is an Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank's Middle East and North African region. She previously worked at Columbia University as an assistant professor in urban planning, and as a postdoctoral research scholar at Columbia Law School. She obtained her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from MIT in 2014, with an award-winning dissertation on urbanization and land governance in China.
Cities facilitate learning and human capital accumulation. In a dense, local labor market, workers can benefit from knowledge spillovers and therefore enhance their productivity. This is supported by many empirical studies from developed countries. Less is known in cities in developing countries. Using micro data from the 2004 manufacturing census and 2005 population census in China, we find that overall workers benefit from labor market pooling and knowledge spillovers in Chinese cities, but rural migrants benefit much less than do local urban residents.