On February 21, 2016, Prof. Yubo Liu of South China University of Technology (SCUT) delivered the second lecture of the spring 2017 China Talk Series. He highlighted unique histories, aspects, challenges, and implications of the planning and social impacts of university campuses’ morphology in China. Prof. Liu is a visiting scholar at MIT from Department of Architecture at SCUT, where he serves as the dean. He delivered his talk to an audience of roughly 30 students, faculty, staff, and guests from the greater Boston area, such as designers from Sasaki.
The China Talk Series is a multi-part lecture series about architecture, planning, and real estate in China.
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High vacancy rates in China cannot solely be attributed to investment purposes or cultural motivations, but are in fact a consequence of misunderstanding urbanization, according to Prof. Li Gan, director of the China Household Finance Survey at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China and Clifford Taylor Jr. Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. In his talk to the DUSP and CRE community on February 16, Prof. Gan urged researchers in both the public and private sectors to take a closer look at the phenomenon as it will have serious implications for housing markets in the future.
On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Jian Liu, associate professor of urban planning and design at Tsinghua University School of Architecture, delivered the latest China Talk Series lecture on whether the challenges facing rural China can be addressed through the field of urban planning. Prof. Liu spoke to an audience of approximately 30 students, faculty, professional practitioners, and guests.
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.
On November 14, 2016, Dr. Yuan Xiao gave a lecture to the MIT DUSP and CRE community about the land quota markets in China. Dr. 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.
On October 17, 2016, Prof. Shihe Fu, a Fulbright Scholar in the Center for Real Estate at MIT and professor of Urban and Real Estate Economics at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China, gave a lecture as part of the fall 2016 China Talk Series. He spoke about the benefits rural migrants gain from agglomeration economies in China.
On September 26, 2016, Prof. Anthony Yeh of the University of Hong Kong delivered the second lecture in the fall 2016 China Talk Series, in which he highlighted the evolution of China’s urbanization process. Prof. Yeh visited the STL Lab and delivered his talk to an audience of roughly 30 students, faculty, staff, and guests.
On September 23, 2016, Professor Fulong Wu of University College London delivered the first lecture in the fall 2016 China Talk Series, in which he highlighted unique aspects, challenges, and implications of urban growth in China. Prof. Wu visited the STL Lab from the Bartlett School of Planning, where he is the Bartlett Professor of Planning. He delivered his talk Understanding Chinese Cities and Their Implication for Urban Theory to an audience of roughly 30 students, faculty, staff, and guests.
On May 4, 2016, Dr. Max Woodworth gave a lecture entitled “Ghost Cities: the Role of Citizens and the Government.” Dr. Woodworth is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the Ohio State University. He completed his dissertation on new city of Kangbashi in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, which is often referred as a “Ghost City.” With his first-hand living and research experience in this Ghost City, Dr. Woodworth relayed the processes and the key players in China’s socio-economic and political structure that triggered the unprecedented “boomtown” growth phenomena in China.