2016.12.01 - 5:00 PM
Samberg Conference Center (E52, 7th Floor) 50 Memorial Drive Cambridge, MA

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.

2016.11.17 - 12:30 PM

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.

2016.11.14 - 12:30 PM

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.

2016.10.17 - 12:30 PM

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.

2016.09.26 - 12:30 PM
Prof. Anthony G.O. Yeh is Chan To-Hann Professor in Urban Planning and Design and Chair Professor of Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of GIS Research Centre, and former Dean of Graduate School, Director of Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning,  Institute of Transport Studies, and Head of Department of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Hong Kong.
2016.09.23 - 3:30 PM

Fulong Wu is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London. His research interests include urban development in China and its social and sustainable challenges. He has recently published a book, Planning for Growth: Urban and Regional Planning in China (2015, Routledge). He was awarded 2013 Outstanding International Impact Prize by UK ESRC. He is an editor of International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. He has previously taught at Cardiff University and the University of Southampton.

2016.09.20 - 3:00 PM
STL9-326 (STL Innovation Hub)
Please join the staff and fellows of the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab to learn more about our research and programs at our second annual
STL Lab Open House
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
3-5 PM | STL Innovation Hub, STL9-326
At our open house, we’ll share information about:
  • STLx Massive Online Open Courses
  • Case Studies
  • China Talk Series
  • STL-MISTI Summer Fellowship
  • Faculty Seed Fund Research
  • LivableCity, our educational real estate entrepreneurship game
Reps from the MIT Game Lab will be here to show you how to play Livable City, and we’ll have coffee, tea, and desserts for everyone who attends. 
If you have questions, write You’re welcome to stop by for five minutes or the full two hours—we hope everyone has a chance to attend!
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2016.05.04 - 12:30 PM

Speaker: WOODWORTH Max
Department of Geography and Department of International Studies, The Ohio State University

Max Woodworth is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the Ohio State University.  He completed his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley on “Frontier Boomtown Urbanism,” focusing on city building in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. He is currently researching China's lower-tier cities in the country's Inner Asian northern and western borderlands.

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.