April 19, 2013
Driven by complex economic and political conditions, the explosive growth of China’s cities has dramatic implications for urban planning, urban form, economic development, the environment, state-society relations, and China’s role in the world. At this conference, invited scholars from the United States and around the world will examine the sources, processes, and consequences of urban development in China. Topics for presentations and discussion may include:
Qing Shen, Professor and Chair, Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington
Professor Shen’s research interests center on understanding changes in the spatial organization of cities, their socioeconomic and environmental impacts, and their implications for urban transportation planning and policymaking. Read more about Qing Shen and our annual Jammal Lecture.
The conference will be organized the UB Confucius Institute in cooperation with the Asian Studies program and the School of Architecture and Planning, with partial funding from the Ibrahim and Viviane Jammal Fund for Global Planning Studies.
Invited speakers will give presentations as part of several thematic panels, and significant opportunity for questions and discussion will be built into the schedule. There will also be student participation, for which students will prepare in a graduate class on contemporary Chinese urban development.
This event will help launch in spring 2013 the Confucius Institute’s academic emphasis on architecture and urban planning, making the UB Confucius Institute the only one in the United States to focus on these fundamental questions related to the historical development and future trajectory of the Peoples’ Republic of China.