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Annual National Planning Conference 2010 Held in Chongqing
On Oct. 15, 2010, the Annual National Planning Conference 2010 was launched in the People’s Great Hall of Chongqing and lasted for three days. Over 3,000 representatives attended the conference, including leaders from planning and construction departments, planners from planning institutions and companies, teachers and students of planning and related departments, as well as experts and scholars from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Macao Special Administrative Region, and other countries. The conference was co-hosted by UPSC and Chongqing Municipal Government, and sponsored by Chongqing Planning Bureau. Among the 1,602 papers submitted from different cities of China, 774 were selected and collected as a conference proceeding titled City Planning and Scientific Development, which has been published by Chongqing Publishing House.

The plenary meeting of the conference was presided over by WANG Jingxia, Vice President of the Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC). LING Yueming, Vice Major of Chongqing, and ZHOU Ganzhi, Honorary President of UPSC and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, made the opening remarks. Regarding the theme of Planning Innovation, eight keynote speeches were delivered, and they were: Retrospection and Prospection by TANG Kai, General Planner of the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD); Cities’ Orientation and Industry Selection by LI Zuojun from the Development Research Center of the State Council; Rapid Urbanization Accelerated by the Development of Passenger Rail Traffic by HE Huawu, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Urban Regeneration by ZOU Deci, Honorary President of UPSC and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; Active Protection and Integral Renovation of Historic and Cultural Cities by ZHOU Lan, Head of the Construction Department of Jiangsu Provincial Government; Protection and Recycling of Industrial Sites for the Creative Industry by WU Jiang, Professor and Vice Headmaster of Tongji University; Reflection on Urban Public Security Guarantee and Emergency Management by FAN Weicheng, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering; and Integral Urban-Rural Planning: Institution Construction and Introspection on Policy by LI Bingdi, Former Head of the Village and Town Construction Department of MOHURD. In the opening ceremony, UPSC presented the National Excellent Planning Technicians Award, the Outstanding UPSC Member Award, the Excellent Organization and Suggestion Award, the Outstanding Individual Award for the “Planning for Western Regions of China”, and the Award for the Fourth Qiushi Theory Forum.

From Oct. 16 to 17, nine themed meetings, six open forums, two special forums, three summits, four workshops and one specific youth seminar were held at four different hotels near the Liberation Monument of Chongqing. 16 theme reports and 118 papers were read and discussed at the themed meetings, focusing on key issues in the fields of urban planning management, regional studies and city master plans, urban ecology and landscape planning, town and village planning, historical and cultural protection and urban regeneration, regulatory planning and urban design, housing and community planning, urban transportation planning, urban engineering planning and disaster prevention and reduction, etc. Heated discussions were held during the free forums with the themes of “In Name of Low Carbon”, “Urban Regeneration Planning and Urban Planning Regeneration”, “Where to Go, Regulatory Planning?”, “Professional Planning for Planners”, “Comprehensive Views on Urban Design”, and “Waste of Planning, Whose Fault?”. During the conference, UPSC continued collaboration with the World Bank and Hong Kong Institute of Planners to hold the special forums of “Latest International Research Achievements: Climate Change and Urban Solutions” and “Public Participation: Exploration, Innovation and Practice in Hong Kong”. Advanced experts from the World Bank released reports including “World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Changes”, “Cities and Climate Changes: An Urgent Agenda”, etc. Experts from Hong Kong Institute of Planners also introduced their experience and lessons in public participation, such as the report of “Evolution and Institution of Public Participation in Urban Planning of Hong Kong”.

Summits such as the Two Rivers Summit, Planning Education Summit and Qiushi Theory Summit were also held. The Two Rivers Summit presented the Reply on the Establishment of the Chongqing Two Rivers New Area by the State Council, and invited domestic and overseas scholars to have a discussion focusing on the planning and construction of Chongqing’s Two Rivers New Area; the Planning Education Summit was held between members of the Advisory Council on Urban Planning Education and representatives from planning institutions and companies; and the Qiushi Theory Summit held discussions on the origin and sources of China’s urban planning theory.

Furthermore, the workshop on National Urban-Rural Planning Standards and Regulations Compilation, the workshop on Urban Planning for Supporting the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the extended meeting of the fourth session of the Fourth Standing Council Committee of UPSC, and the workshop on the Publication and Editing of Journals in the Urban Planning Field were well held during the conference. There were also three ceremonies being launched, which were the ceremony of the mutual certification on registered planner qualification between the mainland and Hong Kong, the ceremony of signing a cooperative agreement between UPSC and Macao Transport and Public Works Bureau, and the ceremony of handing over the host right of the Annual National Planning Conference 2011 to Nanjing.

In addition, four specific visit routes were arranged, focusing on “Hongyan Culture (spirit and culture evolved in Chongqing during the liberation war)”, “Bayu Culture (distinguished folk culture of Chongqing)”, “Construction of ‘Five Chongqing’ (livable Chongqing, unimpeded Chongqing, forested Chongqing, safe Chongqing and healthy Chongqing)”, and “Construction of New Zones in Chongqing” to display the city’s accomplishments in urban planning and construction.

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