The 7th Annual IACP Conference Held in Shanghai, 2013
The 7th Annual Conference of the International Association for China Planning (IACP) was held in Shanghai, China, from Jun. 29 to Jul. 1, 2013. Organized by IACP and Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), the conference brought together more than 200 planning scholars and practitioners from around the world, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Australia, the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Israel, and Ghana. In light of recent disasters, such as the 2008 Winter Storms, the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, and the 2012 Beijing Floods, the conference, with the theme defined as “Building Resilient Cities in China: The Nexus between Planning and Science,” addressed the intersection between planning and science in the production of urban resilience. The Opening Ceremony was convened on Jun 30, with Dean Hu HAO (SJTU) presiding. IACP Chairman Xueming CHEN (Virginia Commonwealth University) welcomed all guests and introduced IACP’s history and the conference objectives. Zhenwei PENG (Tongji University) addressed the conference attendees on behalf of the Urban Planning Society of China and discussed China’s urban planning activities. Robert Olshansky (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) delivered the conference’s first keynote address, entitled “Rebuilding after the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake: An Example of Resilience?” During the conference, 125 papers were presented across 28 parallel sessions, as well as 5 keynote presentations. The conference also included the first ever Deans’ Forum on Urban Planning and Transportation.