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Annual Conference of China City Planning 2011 Held in Nanjing
On Sept. 20, 2010, the three-day Annual Conference of China City Planning 2011 was launched in the Nanjing International Expo Center, which was co-hosted by the Urban Planning Society of China (UPSC) and Nanjing Municipal Government, in collaboration with Department of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of Jiangsu, and sponsored by Nanjing Planning Bureau. Over 3,500 representatives attended the conference, including leaders from the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), Zhejiang Provincial Government, Nanjing Municipal Government, and as well as planning and construction departments of other cities and provinces, members from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Chinese Academy of Engineering, 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 plenary meeting of the conference was presided over by WANG Jingxia, Vice President of UPSC. HE Quan, Vice Governor of Jiangsu; SHEN Jianguo, Representive from UN-Habitat; JI Jianye, Mayor of Nanjing Municipality; and ZHOU Ganzhi, Honorary President of UPSC and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, made the opening remarks. In the opening ceremony, UPSC presented the Outstanding UPSC Member Award, the Excellent Organization and Suggestion Award, and the National Excellent Planning Technician Award.

By entering critical period of socio-economic development, facing pressures from global market, resources and environment, as well as social conflictions, the transformation of China’s development is an inevitable choice in the period afterwards. The selected theme of “Transition and Restructuring” has revealed the practical demands of city transition, and represented the responsibility of urban planning.

Regarding the theme of “Transition and Restructuring,” academic discussions were held in terms of socio-economic transformation and development, urban transition, planning profession transition, and planning discipline transition. Eight keynote speeches were delivered on Sept. 20, which were: “Planning Control Compendium during Urban Transition and Restructuring Process” by QIU Baoxing, Vice Minister of MOHURD and President of UPSC; “Boosting New Industries, Gathering Talented, Building New Cities: Constructing New Nanjing in History” by YANG Weize, Secretary of Nanjing Municipal Committee, Standing Committeeman of CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee; “Planning and Constructing Millennium City: Reviewing Shanghai’s Urban Development” by ZHENG Shiling, Professor of Tongji University, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chairman of Urban Development Strategy Committee of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, Director of UPSC; “Establishing Favorable Social Ecology for Cities” by SUN Liping, Professor of Tsinghua University; “Strategies for China’s Urban Transition in New Period” by WEI Houkai, Vice Director of Institute of Urban and Environmental Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; “Carrying out Planning Assessment, to Promote Planning Reform” by TANG Kai, General Planner of MOHURD, Vice President of UPSC; “Exploration for Harmony: Planning and Design for Urban Cultural Renaissance of Xi’an” by ZHANG Jinqiu, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Vice Director of Xi’an Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, General Architect of China Northwest Building Design Research Institue. Ltd, Director of UPSC; and “Urban Growth and Urban Development” by LIN Shusen, Member of the Central Committee of the Party, Vice Director of the Committee for Liaison with Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Overseas Chinese.

This conference includes 34 parallel sessions, including 14 themed meetings, nine open forums, three summits, five specific seminars, two workshops and one academic salon, covering every aspect of urban planning study and industry, representing the highest achievements of not only academic research but also professional practice of Chinese urban planning.

Themed meetings focused on 14 different topics, which are “Regional Planning Studies,” “General Urban Planning,” “Regulatory Planning,” “Urban Design,” “Planning Management,” “Urban Culture,” “Housing Construction and Planning,” “Small Town and Village Planning,” “Urban Infrastructure and Public Security,” “Low-carbon Planning,” “Urban Transportation Planning,” “Landscape Planning,” “Urban Planning Discipline Development,” and “Youth Forum.” Open forums discussed popular issues in current planning field, including “Beautiful City V.S. Urban Disease,” “Urbanization and Urban Village,” “Urban Design Facing the Crossroads,” “Where will Master Planning Go?,” “Low-carbon Transportation,” “Happy Planning in the Otaku Time,” “Policy Subsidized House @ City,” “Focusing on Planning Assessment,” “Planning Compilation Group in Transformation.”

Summits and specific seminars were co-held by Nanjing Municipal Government and oversea organizations. Three summits, including “Development of Urban-rural Planning as Key Discipline and Industry,” “Key Issues Promoting Urban Transition and Development,” and “Urban-rural Integral Development” analyzed key issues in the planning industry and discipline; specific seminars included five parts, i.e., “Urban Transition and Restructuring: A Case Study on Hong Kong,” “Phoenix Urban Forum: A Global Media Time and Urban Planning,” “International Experience on Eco-City and Sustainable Development,” “Constructing People-oriented Urban Life Together: Planning Workshops of Hong Kong and Macau,” and “Latest International Academic Progress: Urban Land-use Planning and Management,” which introduced newest tendency of international planning field from different angles, and attracted representatives from international organizations, such as UN-Habitat, World Bank, etc., as well as Germany, the United States, Korea, and China’s Hong Kong and Macau. In regard to Nanjing’s urban characteristics, the conference organized four specific visit routes, focusing on “Modern Livable Green City,” “Old City with Specific Spatial Pattern,” “Modern and Traditional Features of Nanjing as Capital of Ten Dynasties,” and “New Metropolis with High Quality,” to represent the diverse resources and characteristics of Nanjing, in terms of historic culture, ecology, modernization progress, etc. The academic salon of “Planning Practice and Planning Education” held by UPSC and China-up.com also attracted wide attentions online and offline.

Among the 1,786 papers submitted from different cities of China, 1,000 of them were selected and collected as a conference proceeding, and 133 papers were presented and discussed at the themed meetings.

In addition, a themed exhibition of “Transition and Restructuring: Accomplishments of National Urban-rural Planning Compilation, Research and Education” was opened to public from Sept. 20, 2011, and questionnaires were also sent out to conference participants for opinions and suggestions on the organization of the conference.

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