China Talk Series

The China Talk Series is a multi-part lecture series about architecture, planning, and real estate in China.



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by Max Budovitch, MCP Candidate and STL Fellow

Karen Seto visited MIT on April 6, 2017, to give a talk jointly hosted by the STL Lab and the Enviornmental Policy and Planning Group (EPP) as part of the STL China Talk Series. Her talk was attended by approximately 35 students, faculty, and community members.

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Shenjing He, associate professor in Department of Urban Planning and Design at The University of Hong Kong, delivered her China Talk Series lecture on the definition, evolution, composition, implementation, and future development of the idea of the creative city. Prof. He spoke to an audience of approximately 30 students, faculty, professional practitioners, and guests.

2017.04.11 - 12:30 PM

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.

2017.04.05 - 12:30 PM

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.

2017.04.04 - 2:30 PM
STL9-326 (STL Innovation Hub)

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.

2017.04.06 - 12:30 PM

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.

On February 21, 2017, 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 Harvard from the 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.

2017.03.07 - 9:15 AM
9-326(STL Hub)

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. 

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.