On October 11, 2016, Sarah Williams, assistant professor of MIT DUSP and director of the Civic Data Design Lab, led a small team of researchers on a visit to Department of Architecture in Northeastern University in Shenyang, China. The department is one of the oldest architectural schools in China, founded by Liang Sicheng, the most influential architectural and urban historian in modern China.
Through conference and workshops, scholars and practitioners from around the world will be invited to share their knowledge and experiences in socially responsible real estate entrepreneurship.
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On September 19, 2016, Brent Ryan, associate professor and head of the City Design and Development Group at MIT DUSP, recently led a small team of faculty on a visit to the School of Architecture at Beijing’s Tsinghua University. They were welcomed by the school’s Associate Dean Jian Liu and other researchers from the university.
The MIT Sloan School of Management’s pedagogical approach of “action learning” encourages students to engage with and find feasible measures to solve real-world problems through an array of subject- or area-specific labs. In spring 2016, the China Lab at Sloan had the opportunity to look at the Beijing-based developer Vantone Real Estate Co. Ltd. (Vantone) as a case.
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) in Chengdu, China, hosted the fifth International Workshop on Regional, Urban, and Spatial Economics in China in summer 2016. It featured more than 50 papers and keynote speeches, including SWUFE’s own Li Gan on the mystery of vacant houses in China, University of Houston’s Janet Kohlhase on how big cities respond to suburban fiscal policies, Erasmus University Rotterdam’s Frank van Oort, and Asian Development Bank Institute’s Naoyuki Yoshino.
On June 22, 2016, Dr. Yu-Hung Hong, Director of the STL Lab and Lecturer in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, visited the School of Urban Planning and Design in Peking University. He gave a lecture to Nanyan students and scholars, entitled "Reinventing Land Readjustment: Implications for Urban Development, Planning and Regeneration." The lecture was hosted by Professor Changchun Feng.
The Sino-U.S. Symposium on Low Carbon Community was held on June 17, 2016, as part of the Fourth Shenzhen International Low Carbon City Forum. Experts from MIT and China (from the government, business, and academic sectors) discussed diverse views and shared their experiences on China's low carbon community creation and development.
On February 29th, 2016, Beijing Metro Land Corporation's (MTL) chairman Mr. Stephen Gao visited MIT's Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab to have a discussion with MIT Professors Jinghua Zhao and Christopher Zegras regarding MTL's latest project and China's railway development.
From January 16-23, 2016, with the generous support of Mr. Samuel Tak Lee, the "Village Urbanism" joint urban design studio was successfully launched in collaboration between MIT's School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and China Southeast University's School of Architecture.
This joint studio focused on studying Baima, a town in the Lishui District of Nanjing, Zhujiabian Village, and its various settlements, to create a uniform development strategy that addresses the three elements of "town, village, and settlement." This study reflected on the seemingly inevitable decline in village living in China's urban coastal areas with advanced economies and transportation systems, and whether the younger generation has viable alternatives other than leaving the countryside for the city. The studio focused on increasing economic and industrial interactions between the city and the village, strengthening transportation connections, adjusting the layout of village settlements and social amenities, and forming new village architectural typologies, all while maintaining the village landscape ecology. Ultimately, this studio project provided a new plan for Baima and Zhujiabian village, and this endeavor will potentially be used to introduce the topic of cooperative urban and village development in China to MIT's global research on urbanization.
Conservation and Re-development of Industrial Heritage: Shanghai Minsheng Dock
2016 BEIJING JOINT URBAN DESIGN STUDIO
MIT - Tsinghua University - Jiao Tong University | May 22-June 19, 2016
Sponsors: Paul Sun Fund, STL Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab, Center for Advanced Urbanism Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MISTI China
The 2016 Joint Beijing Urban Design Studio will take place in China over a month-long period this coming summer. It will involve 16 architecture, planning, and real estate students from MIT, and an equal number from our partner universities, plus faculty. The overall goal of the Joint Urban Design Studio is to take on challenging, large-scale urban development projects in China through international, interdisciplinary collaboration.
On November 18, 2015, a high-level delegation from the Department of Climate Change of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) visited the Samuel Tak Lee MIT Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab (STL Lab). The two entities engaged in active discussion on the development of China’s low-carbon pilot projects and the related national policy.