• 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.

  • by Dennis Frenchman

    Conservation and Re-development of Industrial Heritage: Shanghai Minsheng Dock

    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.

  • by Waishan Qiu

    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.