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Exhibition of Liangyong WU & Sciences of Human Settlements and the 4th International Symposium on Sciences of Human Settlements Held at the National Museum of China
On Nov. 16, 2014, the Opening Ceremony of “From Crafts to Human Settlements: A Tsinghua University Exhibition of Liangyong WU & Sciences of Human Settlements” was held at the National Museum of China. At the Ceremony, Professor Xu CHEN, Party Secretary of Tsinghua University, and Zhangshen LÜ, Curator of the National Museum of China, delivered speeches. Attendants of the ceremony include: Gang CHEN, Deputy Mayor of Beijing, Hailin YIN, Deputy Mayor of Tianjin, Delong XU, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Wenxiang SHAN, Curator of the Palace Museum, Deci ZOU, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Di’an FAN, President of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Jingze WANG, Deputy Director of Academician Bureau of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wei DENG, Deputy Party Secretary of Tsinghua University, etc. The Opening Ceremony of the Exhibition was chaired by Professor Weimin ZHUANG, Dean of the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University.

The Exhibition was accompanied by the 4th International Symposium on Sciences of Human Settlements, jointly organized by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Tsinghua University, and the National Museum of China. In the meantime, a release ceremony was run for Academician Liangyong WU’s Integrated Architecture (English and Italian editions) and The Artistry of Human Settlements: A Selected Collection for Liangyong WU’s Calligraphy, Drawings, and Sketches. Over 200 attendants participated in the forum and visited the Exhibition, including experts and scholars from home and overseas.

At the subsequent symposium, Professor Liangyong WU from Tsinghua University, Academician of both the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, gave a keynote speech entitled “From Crafts to Human Settlements: A Theoretical and Practical Exploration of the Sciences of Human Settlements.” Afterwards, several speeches were delivered to explore the regional development mode under various regional and cultural backgrounds, including Robert Yaro’s “Strategic Planning for the Beijing-National Capital Megaregion,” Lucio Barbera’s “The Po Valley Megalopolis and the Solution of the Problems of Venice,” and Kim Seok Chul’s “The Korean Peninsula and the Yellow Sea Union of Cities.”

The afternoon proceeding is made up of themed collective Exhibition reports and a round-table meeting. Chaired by Professor Wenyi ZHU, the reports systematically explore the major contents and core thoughts of the Exhibition, centering around “The Development of Greater Beijing Region From the Perspective of Regional Integration.” Presentations at the themed reports include Professor Weijia WU’s “Human Settlements in the Future: Prospects of Human Settlement Strategy Conception Under Development Transition,” Tinghai WU’s “Beautiful China, Harmonious Urban & Rural Areas: Retrospect and Prospect of China’s Human Settlements Pattern,” Associate Professor Liang ZHAO’s “Green Region, Coordinated Development: The Spatial Development Pattern of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Region,” Associate Professor Yan TANG’s “Capital Region: Spatial Development and Regional Governance,” and Dr. Sisi LIANG’s “Civilized Rise: A Conception and Vision to Strengthen the Role of Beijing and to Promote National Civilization.” Chaired by Professor Qizhi MAO, the round-table meeting was featured by experts’ heated, extensive, and in-depth discussions on “the sciences of human settlements and the development of regional integration.” Participants included academicians, chief planners, planning authorities, government officers, as well as other experts and scholars.

In accordance with the mission and spirit of the previous three, this symposium, in the context of new times, centers around the development of the Greater Beijing Region from the perspective of regional integrity, and provides a gathering place for domestic and foreign scholars to explore the theme with conceptions and methodologies of human settlements. The related exhibition not only demonstrates the emergence, development, and scientific contribution of the sciences of human settlements, but investigates the development of capital space with reference to the role of human settlement sciences in the national, regional, city, and (Beijing’s) functional core district levels.

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